No fewer than 750 intending pilgrims have so far been airlifted to Saudi Arabia by Top Brass Company, one of the airlines contracted to airlift this year’s pilgrims from the state as at Sunday.
An official of the state Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board told our correspondent that two airlines, Top Brass Company and Max Air Company, had been contracted by the state government to airlift intending pilgrims from the state.
About 2842 intending pilgrims are expected to perform this year’s Hajj exercise while750 out of the number have been airlifted to Saudi Arabia, and the remaining are expected to be airlifted within this week.
Before the take off of the first flight to Saudi Arabia, the state governor, Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar and the state Amirul Hajj who is also the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Dr Rilwanu Sualiman Adamu, adressed the intending pilgrims inside the aircraft.
Governor Abubakar had earlier said in view of the present economic condition of the state, the number of sponsored pilgrims by the government were drastically reduced while cost of pilgrims’ accommodation and feeding were re-negotiated that resulted into saving N1billion.
The governor disclosed that new permanent hajj camp and befitting office accommodation for the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board would be constructed as part of efforts to improve the conduct of pilgrimage from the state, stressing that the state government had approved the donation of Pilgrims Ihram, blankets and free meal for the pilgrims while in the holy land.
He warned pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the state and desist from taking drugs and other prohibited items, desist from indecent dressing and be law abiding and God fearing.

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