Sokoto State have announce the air flights intended to convey the hajj pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia will begin at the Sokoto Airport Monday, August 8.
Six airlines operators have been approved by the Federal Government to transport intending pilgrims for the exercise. But only three airlines has reportedly been cleared by the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia.
The Head of Aviation of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Mohammadu Goni, said the airlines approved by the Saudi authorities are: Med-View Airlines Ltd.; Max Air Ltd. and Saudi Arabian designated carrier, Fly-Nas Air.
According to the Media Assistant to the Sokoto State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Faruku Umar, who confirmed this on Wednesday, people from Kebbi and Sokoto states would follow suit.
Umar also said the hajj maximum fare for the Sokoto intending pilgrims was fixed at N1, 080,400.00 for male and N1, 083,400:00 for female pilgrims. While the minimum fare stood at N1,031,100.00 and N1,034,100.00 for each male and female intending pilgrims respectively.
He also disclosed that each pilgrim will be allowed to have $1,000 as Basic Travelling Allowance, even though they were entitled to $750.
Meanwhile, other pilgrims in countries like Pakistan have taken off for Saudi Arabia earlier today, Thursday, August 4, with Pakistan International Airline (PIA), from Islamabad on Thursday (Today).
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had supposedly cancelled government’s sponsorship the religious pilgrimages. Lagos State Government already implemented the quest as a means to curb excessive spending of fund that should be invested in the country’s development.
Statement released by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, described it as committing ‘injustice’ to his people who have more important needs than a selected few.