From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi State Hajj Commission has disclosed that it would commence the airlifting of pilgrims from the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja for the 2019 Holy Pilgrimage to Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday, July 15.
A statement signed by the Commission’s Public Relations Officer, Isah Abdulrahman and made available to journalists in Lokoja at the weekend, said all intending pilgrims are expected to report at the Hajj Commission premises in Lokoja on Sunday 14th July, 2019 by 10.00am for the commencement of their journey.
The statement added that pilgrims would be moved to the Government House Lokoja to be addressed by the Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello before proceeding to the Hajj camp in Abuja.
According to Abdulrahman, adequate transport arrangements have been put in place by the state Government for the smooth movement of pilgrims to the Abuja Hajj camp.
“The commission also wishes to remind all pilgrims to appear in their uniform. Pilgrims are also required to note that prohibited drugs, liquid food items, metallic objects must not be carried in their luggage, saying that security agents would be very thorough at the screening point as directed by the federal government.
The commission also warned that no family members of the pilgrims would be allowed entrance into the buses provided for the pilgrims or at the gate of the Hajj camp Abuja.
Recall that the Kogi State Hajj Commission had earlier carried out screening of the intending pilgrims, conducted sensitization programmes for pilgrims, medical fitness test and issuance of basic traveling items like uniform and 8kg hand luggage bag among other items.