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NAHCON hails FG, Nigerians for successful operations of Hajj 2023

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has commended President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima and Nigerians generally for their support which led to successful operations.

 

This followed the comclusion of the Hajj 2023 on Monday with the final in-bound flight of 298 pilgrims from Kaduna State, one from Bauchi and 16 officials by Azman Airlines.

NAHCON’s chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, according to a statement by the commission’s Deputy Director of Information and Publications Alhaji Mousa Ubandawaki, spoke while addressing the last set of Nigerian pilgrims at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia before their departure to Nigeria.

He particularly acknowledged the assistance of the President Tinubu and Vice President Shettima to the successful organization of the 2023 Hajj, stressing that the intervention of the Presidency enabled the Commission to transfer its trapped funds to Saudi Arabia and also persuaded they General Authority on Civil Aviation, GACA to allocate more slots to the Nigerian airlines.

“I want to sincerely express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Nigerian Government, especially, the President and Vice President for their timely intervention and support all through this operations. Their invaluable support really contributed in no mean term to achieve today’s success story,” Hassan said.

The statement informed that the Monday airlift marked the conclusion of the in-bound flight of Nigerian pilgrims with the final airlift of 298 Kaduna pilgrims, one Bauchi State pilgrim and 16 officials by Azman Airlines is coming four days ahead of the original date.

“The second phase of the operation which began on July 4, 2023 after the completion of the Hajj rites with the airlift of Sokoto State pilgrims by Flynas was a rollercoaster of challenges and emotions which was amplified by the non-provision of slots to the Nigerian Carriers by the Saudi’s General Authority on
Civil Aviation, GACA.

“But after the resolution of the impasse following the intervention of the Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, it has been a smooth-sailing,” the statement stressed.

It recalled that August 3 was initially fixed as the final day of operations, but the injection of additional aircraft by Max Air and Flynas helped to ease the tension and increase the tempo of the exercise.

NAHCON disclosed that the operation had 183 shuttle flights to bring an end to the 2023 holy pilgrimage.

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