Hawkers of various commodities, including food and hard currency, are now making brisk business at the Yola International Airport due to ongoing airlift of pilgrims.
An intending pilgrim, Mr. Usman Ibrahim, said yesterday, in Yola that the pilgrims were happy about the activities of the hawkers.
Ibrahim said that the hawkers were able to meet the needs of the pilgrims as well as the needs of their friends and relations that came to see them off.
He said: “You know things are costly in airports. But with these hawkers, you can get cheap local food and other things such as sleeping mats, recharge cards, and soft drinks at reasonable prices.”
Fatima Lawal, another intending pilgrim, said she was able to change her Naira to Saudi Riyal from a hard currency hawker.
She said: “The hard currency hawkers are many, so you have the opportunity to bargain for the one with the lowest exchange rate.”
However, one has to be vigilant, as some hawkers can give someone fake currency and that is why you need a guide, who can distinguish between fake and genuine currency,” Fatima added.
About 4,006 pilgrims from Adamawa and Taraba states are expected to take_off to Saudi Arabia from the Yola International Airport.