The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) with the Private Tour Operators has airlifted 95,000 Nigerians to Saudi Arabia for the 2023 Hajj that is slated to commence on Monday June 25, 2023.
NAHCON which started the airlift operations on May 25, concluded cluded it on June 24, 2023.
Blueprint reports that the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj and Umrah allocated 95,000 Hajj slots to Nigeria.
NAHCON distributed 75,000 slots to 36 States, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and gave the remaining 20,000 to private tour operators.
Briefing stakeholders early Sunday morning in Makkah, NAHCON Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, disclosed that all 95,000 Pilgrims were successfully airlifted.
NAHCON Chairman who attributed the success of the airlift operations to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Federal Government said the fit was last achieved about 10 years.
In his presentation, NAHCON Head, of the Medical Team, Dr Usman Galadima, disclosed that the seven clinics in Makkah and Madinah attended to 15, 860 and recorded 6 deaths.
He also made it known that 30 of the pilgrims had Psychiatric issues, seven pilgrims had fractures and eight cases of communicable diseases were recorded.