Labour strike’ll not affect pilgrims airlift to Saudi Arabia – NAHCON

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCO) Monday said the ongoing indefinite strike embarked on by the organised labour will not affect the airlift of the Nigerian pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.

NACHO said: “The strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is causing apprehension among some concerned pilgrims, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria wishes to assure pilgrims and other concerned Muslims that the strike action will not affect the hajj airlift. From NAHCON’s projection, all pilgrims will be transported to Saudi Arabia before 10 of June 2024.”

The commission added that by day 19 of the 2024 hajj airlift, 37,102 pilgrims have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia and this number excludes officials and other hajj industry stakeholders involved in the hajj operations.

NAHCO said hajj flights have been departing as planned, beginning with the initial three flights per day from the day of the inaugural flight. This gradually increased to a maximum of six flights daily. Currently, NAHCON runs a minimum of four flights daily to a maximum of six flights depending on the schedule.

The commission stated that about 13, 176 pilgrims are yet to be airlifted and this number would have reduced before the end of Monday.

A breakdown of the states yet to conclude the airlift shows one more flight each remaining from the following locations: Kaduna, Gombe, Borno, Zamfara, Adamawa, Kebbi, and FCT with 33 pilgrims on ground. All South-south states will be airlifted in one flight with seats residue yet. Taraba with a little over 1,000 pilgrims is yet to commence airlift as scheduled while Kwara, Jigawa, Niger and Sokoto are continuing with airlift of their pilgrims steadily on course.

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