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Hajj: 80,000 pilgrims to be transported to Saudi Arabia in 5 weeks – FAAN official



Buhari_Ends_Hajj_Sponsorship_Nigerians_ElatedThe Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Monday, said no fewer than 80,000 pilgrims were expected to be transported in the next five weeks for the 2016 Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this is contained in a statement issued by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, in Lagos.

Dati said that this year hajj operation would be carried out in 17 airports across the country.

He said FAAN was providing security and safety oversight to all airports including state-owned airports participating in the exercise.

A Director, Ministry of Transport, Adamu Wakil was quoted as saying that the ministry would collaborate with aviation agencies to ensure that safety and security in the airports.

Wakil, who is also the Chairman, Aviation Monitoring Committee, said that his team would ensure seamless passenger transportation during the period.

Dati said two directors from FAAN, Olufemi Ogunode and Capt. Henry Omeogu, had earlier led various technical teams to supervise preparations for the exercise.

NAN reports that the transportation of the pilgrims began on Monday when the first batch of 500 pilgrims left the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto, for Saudi Arabia.

The exercise is expected to be concluded on Sept. 6.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. yemite

    August 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    May Allah grant me d journey to pilgrim hadj next year. Amin. Wish all d Muslim brother’s n sister’s all over d world a safe journey n abundantly reward from Allah to them all Amin….

  2. nnenne

    August 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Wait o, so 80, 000 people got foreign exchange discount?
    My gosh!
    You can imagine how much money Nigeria lost, just become of individual needs!
    Hope this doesn’t repeat again.
    Anyone wishing to go anywhere, for whatever reason, should buy Florex at the bank rate. No exceptions!
    Hope our lagislators are listening!

    • nwa nna

      August 8, 2016 at 11:03 pm

      @nnenne, Flroex kwanu nne?! 😛 I know what you meant, just messing with you

  3. nnenne

    August 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    ***just because ***

  4. Adio_Braimoh

    August 9, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Mercy journey to the multitude pilgrims traveling to and fro for hajj. May Allah accept it as an act of ibadah. I wish for the experience next year.

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