Bauchi Begins Airlift Of 2,862 Pilgrims For Hajj

Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar
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From Joy Abel, Bauchi
The Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has disclosed that 2,862 pilgrims will be airlifted to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajj exercise.
Speaking with reporters in Bauchi, Executive Secretary of the state the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Aliyu Suleman, said the board had secured visa and Basic Travelling Allowance for the pilgrims.
He said there were nine flights schedules for all the intending pilgrims.
Suleman said: “Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar will deliver his farewell address to the intending pilgrims on Wednesday at the Multi-Purpose Sports Hall Bauchi by 10 in the morning
“Only the intending pilgrims who are in the first and second flights as well as those who reside in the state capital are required to attend the occasion. All pilgrims are to appear in their pilgrims-uniform and proceed to the Temporary Hajj Camp in Games Village Bauchi for screening and issuance of their travelling documents.”
The executive secretary said the first flight of 250 pilgrims will take off from Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi on Thursday September 3, 2015 with mixed pilgrims from Katagum local government and the board secretariat.”
He pleaded with other intending pilgrims who are not in the first or second flights to refrain from paying unnecessary visits to the board and wait for their turn.
Suleman thanked Governor Abubakar for his support to the board which paved the way for the successful organisation of the pilgrimage.

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