All Set For Pilgrims to S?Arabia


Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy and Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba

No fewer than 3, 120 intending pilgrims will be airlifted to Mecca, Saudi Arabia for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage from Lagos.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy and  Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba and the Secretary of the Lagos State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Sanusi Kamal while speaking on the state preparation for the 2013 Hajj, said arrangements have been concluded to ensure a hitch-free airlifting of  pilgrims for the yearly rites.

Kamal said: “The first flight from the state to Mecca is scheduled for Saturday Sept 14th and it would be concluded on Sept 19th. Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Alhaji Oyinlomo Danmole will lead them to the Holy land, as the Amir Hajj for the state.

The secretary added: “The pilgrims had been properly enlightened on how to conduct themselves during the pilgrimage.”

On the outbreak of Corrolla virus, Ibirogba said “We have done the right enlightenment on how the pilgrims can properly conduct themselves in Mecca and how they could be safe especially with the outbreak of Corrolla Virus in Saudi Arabia.”

“The enlightenment was done in all the 20 Local Governments in the state, to sensitize the intending pilgrims on hygiene.”

The commissioner added: “We expect that the pilgrims will keep to all they have been told and be good ambassadors of the state.”

He appealed to all intending pilgrims to abide by the rules of the country and Saudi Arabia, saying “this is the only way to have an easy exercise.

“Though the policy of the state government is that all intending pilgrims must declare whatever they have with them before leaving the state.”

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