The last flight for the 2018 Hajj which signifies end of this year’s exercise took off today, 24th of September with 111 officials from the media team, medical personnel and NAHCON staff.
Addressing newsmen at the departure lounge of King Abdul Azeez International Airport, Jedda, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad, the Commission’s Chairman officially announced 2018 Hajj operations as over. thanking the Almighty for the successful operation. He equally appreciated Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice President, Yomi Osinbanjo, members of the National Assembly and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for the significant roles they played in facilitating success of this year’s Hajj operations. Others also singled out for appreciation are Secretaries of State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, their staff, the pilgrims themselves and staff of the Commission. He praised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for conducting a well organized Hajj season that had the welfare of pilgrims as its priority.
The Chairman, who along with a couple of staff were remaining behind for mop up duties, explained that they will go round Makkah to ensure that no pilgrim is left behind whether in the hospital, pilgrims’ lodges or anywhere else before they finally depart too.
The head of Public Affairs Division of the Commission, Fatima Sanda Usara ssai prayers were offered for pilgrims and staff safe trip back to Nigeria and their various homes.