Stay Away From Sun, FG, Lagos Warn Pilgrims In Mecca


As pilgrims in Saudi are preparing to return to their countries following the completion of 2018 hajj, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON and the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board have warned Nigerian pilgrims to stay way from the sun.
This was even a the Lagos State received two outstanding awards in the categories of the 2nd Best Organised State in 2017 and the Most Disciplined State Pilgrims in Nigeria during 2018 Hajj operations.
Presenting the awards at the Lagos House in Mecca on behalf of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), the Commissioner of Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance, Dr Yusuf Adebayo, assured pilgrims that their return home schedules have been properly planned and will be handled perfectly by all stakeholders.
He cautioned pilgrims against unnecessary working around under the harsh sun and visiting Hospitals not because they are sick but with the intention of collecting unneeded drugs
He declared that the drugs used in NAHCON hospitals for this year operation was brought from Nigeria and are of same standard with Saudi Arabia drugs, adding that collecting them for keep will deny other who really need it of the benefit.
The Board Chairman, Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, who received the awards on behalf of Lagos State, expressed his gratitude to the NAHCON Chairman, Barrister Abdullahi M. Mukhtar, for recognising excellent performance at the 2018 Hajj operations, adding that Lagos will continue to do better every year.
“Our success is not without the backing of His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who has relentlessly given the Board the required moral and financial supports.
He, however, announced that after airlift of 640 Lagos pilgrims in two batches, Medview Airline will take three days break to airlift pilgrims of other states and resume airlifting of third and fourth batches of Lagos pilgrims on Saturday, first and Sunday, second September respectively.
” The schedules of fifth, sixth and seventh flights will be announced later as soon as we get the clear signal from the appropriate authority,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, another 620 Lagos pilgrims are expected back in Nigeria through the third and fourth flights which will depart King Abdul Azeez International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the first and second of September respectively at about 11p.m. Nigerian time (1a.m. Saudi Arabian time).
“At the end of the fourth flight, Lagos would have airlifted 1,242 Hajj pilgrims,” he said