By Ishola Balogun
The Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements for the commencement of airlifting of the first batch of pilgrims for the 2014 Hajj exercise today, Sunday, 7 September, 2014.
The Executive Secretary, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alh. Sefiu Rasheed, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday, affirming that all eligible pilgrims whose names fall in the category (A) of the first batch list are expected to converge on the Board’s headquarters at Governor’s office Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta by 7.30am, for onward movement to the International Hajj camp, Lagos, in anticipation of their flight to Saudi Arabia.
Sefiu added that all concerned pilgrims are expected to be punctual for the collection of travel documents and other necessary travel materials with evidence of all payment receipts, noting that adequate transport provisions fortified with police escorts have been provided for a hitch free movement of pilgrims to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.
The first tranche of first batch (A) set consisting of 250 pilgrims are expected move to Saudi Arabia today (Sunday) while the other batches are expected to follow intermittently, he said.