Hajj 2019: Max Airline to airlift first batch pilgrims from Ilorin

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin


Max Airline will commence the airlift of intending pilgrims from the Ilorin International Airport on Sunday, July 14.

530 will be the first batch of pilgrims that will be airlifted.

The Excutive Secretary of the Kwara state Muslim Pilgrim’s Welfare Board, Alhaji Mohammed Tunde-Jimon dropped this hint while answering questions from newsmen during the last series of enlightenment programme organised for the 2000 intending Pilgrims across the 16 local government areas of the state.

According to him, the board has concluded all arrangements to transport the first batch of the Pilgrims.

He added that the airlift of the 2000 intending Pilgrims which will be in four batches will take place in less than 24 hours interval after the departure of the first batch of Pilgrims.

Alhaji Tunde -Jimoh also told newsmen that the Board had secured 1,520 visas out of over 2000 travelling with the Board and expressed optimism that the remaining visa will be secured before the take off the first batch.

According to him, issues of Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA) for intending Pilgrims and yellow cards from Airport Health Authority had reached an advanced stage as part of measures to ensure a hitch free holy pilgrimage.

The Executive Secretary disclosed that the issue of Biometric data capturing has been suspended for all the intending Pilgrims in line with the Saudi Arabia authority directive.

He warned that the Board will not hesitate to disqualify any intending Pilgrim from undertaking the holy trip

If such pilgrim has health challenges or found to be  pregnant as soon as the result of the just concluded medical screening is release.

“Because of the rigorous nature of the Hajj activities in Mecca and Medina, those we discover are incapacitated to participate will be advised to withdraw “.

Alhaji Tunde-Jimoh cautioned the intending Pilgrims against travelling with Kola nuts and other prohibited items to the holy land, stating that scanning machines are at the Airport to fish out perpetrators who transport illicit materials.

A Khadi with the Kwara state Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen, had earlier presented practical demonstrations of Hajj activities both in Mecca and Nedinah for the intending Pilgrims.

The 2019 Kwara state Amirul Hajj, Alhaji LASISI Kolawole-Jimoh as well as some top government functionaries and Islamic scholars attended the enlightenment programme.