22nd September, 2011
The Kebbi Government says it has contracted Kabo Airline to airlift the 5,700 Muslim pilgrims from the state for the 2011 Hajj.
Alhaji Usman Suru, the Executive Chairman of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, said this on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi.
He said the choice of Kabo Air was informed by the airlineâ€™s consistency and reliability in previous exercises.
Suru assured the pilgrims that they would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia in time as proper preparations had commenced.
â€œWe subject our prospective pilgrims to normal medical examination to ascertain their state of health to avoid unnecessary difficulties while in the Holy land,â€ he added.
The chairman also said the law preventing pregnant women and old persons from the Hajj was still in operation.
He appealed to pilgrims to comply with the rules governing the ongoing medical examination conducted at the Sir Yahaya Specialist Hospital in Birnin Kebbi.
Suru further said that necessary medical examination documents must be attached to the passport of an intending pilgrim for easy identification and action.