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How Kaduna achieved seamless airlift of pilgrims, by Yusuf 

Governor Uba Sani’s mandate to the Kaduna state Pilgrims Welfare Agency to ensure a hitch-free hajj and take maximum care of pilgrims before and during their stay in Saudi Arabia is  reason for   the successful airlift of pilgrims to the Holy Land,the Director of Operations and the Head of Information, Communication and Technology of the Agency, Alhaji Abubakar Usman Yusuf has said.

He stated this to during an interaction with newsmen in Makkah Tuesday. He however gave thanks to Allah (SWT) for the overall success of the operation so far.

 “The governor gave the agency a mandate to ensure that pilgrims’ welfare is the utmost priority. He also promised that his administration will conduct hajj differently from what it used to be in the past,’’ he said.

Abubakar said the agency’s officials also reviewed past operations and identified   gray areas as well as leveraged their collective experiences to avert such hitches.

The director said the agency engaged all relevant stakeholders both in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia to find solutions to potential problems and took steps to avoid them.

 He said the agency has also taken steps to achieve success during the pilgrims’ stay at Mashair, that is the tent city of Muna, the plain of Arafat and Muzdaleefa.

Abubakar said, “We have engaged competent staff that will ensure a hitch-free exercise. The pilgrims have also been sensitised about the necessary acts of worship during that period.

“So, right from the airlift to the next phase of the hajj, pilgrims have been sufficiently educated on what to do. That is why we have so far had a smooth exercise.”

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