The first batch of pilgrims from Kwara state totalling 560 performing this year’s pilgrimage have been airlifted to King Abdulazeez International Airport, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in commencement of the 2019 hajj via Max Airline from the Ilorin zone.
The pilgrims took off at exactly 11.30 am on Sunday from the Ilorin International Airport.
Another batch of 550 pilgrims are expected to be airlifted on Monday (15/7/2019) on board the same Max Airline.
The state Amirul Hajj, Alhaji L.A.K Jimoh in company of the state Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Dr Garba Manjo , the Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimoh, top government officials and relatives of the pilgrims were on hand at the airport to bid farewell to the pilgrims.
Earlier in his address to the pilgrims, the Amirul Hajj, Alhaji Jimoh implored them to be good ambassadors of the state and the country at large.
He cautioned them against carrying along with them illicit drugs and contrabands.
The Amirul Hajj assured them that the state pilgrims welfare board has put in place all necessary arrangements for their accommodation, their transportation, feeding, health care services and other comfort at the holy land .