The Federal Government and three air carriers have signed deals in final preparation for the kick off of Hajj 2019 operations. The Hajj rites, checks by New Telegraph showed, would tentatively commence on Friday, 9th of August 2019 and continue till Wednesday, 14th of August 2019. This is the tentative date as the actual date is contingent on the sighting of the moon of Dhul Hijjah. The three airlines approved by the presidency for 2019 Hajj operations are Max Air Ltd, Medview Airlines Plc, and FlyNas of Saudi Arabia.
Max Air was allocated 51 per cent slot for pilgrims airlift from Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Gombe , Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba and Kogi states. Medview has been allocated 14 per cent to airlift pilgrims from Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Enugu, Kaduna, Ogun, Ondo, Yobe, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Bayelsa, Rivers and Armed Forces. Flynas is charged with the transportation of 35 per cent slot to airlift pilgrims from Sokoto, Oyo, Osun, FCT, Edo, Kebbi, Lagos and Zamfara states. During an Airlift Signing Agreement held at the head office of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Abdullahi Muhammad, enjoined the approved air carriers to discharge their responsibilities diligently. He told them that they owe a moral responsibility to the pilgrims and to God to whom the pilgrims are ‘special guests.’
He said they also owe a moral duty to the commission for selecting them. While declaring that there is no room for failure in the Hajj exercise, the NAHCON helmsman charged the airline operators to liaise with the necessary security agencies in ensuring safety and security of pilgrims. Meanwhile, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has raised concern over poor preparations for this year’s Muslim pilgrimage by the last administration. Receiving officials of Muslim Council in the state who paid him Sallah homage at Government House, Yola, on Tuesday, the governor said the outgone regime should be held responsible should pilgrims from the state miss the exercise “If there is any problem with hajj exercise this year, blame the past administration; they did not do anything about preparations and you know hajj issue is being handled by Saudi Arabia, which does not tolerate foot-dragging.
“The last administration did not do what it ought to do and we now have serious problem on ground. “We are trying to see if we can have any opening, no matter how little, for us to do the needful and save the situation,” Mr. Fintiri said. He said the Secretary to the State Government, Bashir Ahmad, was already making contacts with relevant authorities for an opening.
The governor lauded the Muslim Council for its role in promoting peaceful coexistence in the state, and urged it to sustain the tempo. Earlier, the State Chairman of the Council, Sahabo Magaji, said they were at government House to pay homage and celebrate with the new governor.
Mr. Magaji lauded him for paying two months’ salary to workers, adding that the measure had enabled workers to celebrate Eid el Fitr in good mood. “This is a good beginning and the people of Adamawa will continue to look forward to more goodies as promised by your administration,” Mr. Magaji said. He promised the support and cooperation of the council to the administration to enable it succeed.
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