…First batch of state pilgrims set to return
By Ishola Balogun, Saudi Arabia
The Lagos State pilgrims in the last hajj exercise have bagged the Most Disciplined Award just as the State Muslim Pilgrims board took the 2nd best Award in Hajj management. The award was announced by the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON in Makkah, Saudi Arabia during a post Arafat Stakeholders meeting held recently.
The 2nd best award was received on behalf of the state by Dr Adebayo Yusuf of NAHCON while the Most Disciplined Award was collected by Alhaji Mubaraq NAHCON, and Ishola Balogun, Vanguard Islam Editor at the occasion.
The Commission also conferred awards on Governors Bindow Jibrilla of Adamawa and Umar Tanko Al Makura of Nasarawa states as the first and second Most Supportive State Governor respectively during the 2017 hajj operations.
Also, in the Tour operator´s category, Comerel Travels and Tour, Al Hujaj Travels and Oasis Travels and Tours bagged the first, second and third best hajj and umrah travels and tour operators in Nigeria respectively.
The Chairman of the Commission, Barrister Abdullah Muktar Muhammad said the 2018 awards will be announced in Makkah during 2019 hajj exercise.
Meanwhile, about 312 Lagos pilgrims have been scheduled to leave Makkah for Nigeria Tuesday, aboard Medview Airline Airbus 777.
The schedule was announced Monday by the Honourable Commissioner for
Home Affairs Lagos State Amir ul Hajj, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef during an interactive session with the pilgrims.
Dr Abdul Lateef expressed joy over the success of the hajj exercise and the safety of all the pilgrims throughout the operation.
“I am particularly grateful to Allah for giving the officials and the pilgrims the grace to cooperate with one another for the success of this year Hajj operation”.
He also commended the good manner in which the pilgrims conducted themselves, adding that the officials also heeded the advice of his Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to treat pilgrims with utmost respect.
Abdul Lateef noted that this is the first time Lagos pilgrims will spend less than 30 days in the Holy land for Hajj exercise.
” it is a wonderful development that Lagos pilgrims on the first flight have spent 28th day for this holy pilgrimage. We are happy and hope it will continue”.
He, however promise to announce other flight schedules as soon as the Board management was informed.