Your luggage is safe, agency assures Kaduna pilgrims

The Kaduna State Pilgrims Welfare Agency has promised that all luggage will arrive Nigeria before pilgrims leave Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to journalists in Makkah, Tuesday, the chairman of the luggage committee, Professor Muhammad Mustapha Gwadabe, gave the assurance as the second batch of Kaduna pilgrims arrived Nigeria.

 The committee chairman assured pilgrims that adequate arrangements had been put in place to forestall the missing of luggage. 

Professor Gwadabe said officials of the agency were already on ground to secure the luggage, advising that all pilgrims should collect their luggage personally.

According to him, luggage will neither be given to third-parties, nor will bulk clearance of luggage be allowed.

Explaining how the process works, Prof Gwadabe said that the luggage are first weighed in Makkah to ascertain that they comply with the 32 kilograms limit.

“Thereafter, the luggage will be tagged and the owner of the luggage will be given a card whose number and other details correspond with the tag.

“When he or she arrives at the Mando Hajj Camp upon reaching Kaduna, he or she will present the card to the officials, who will fish it out and bring it to the owner.

“The officials will scruitinise the pilgrim’s passport, to find out whether he or she was supposed to be on the flight in the first place.

“Thereafter, they will check his card to find out if the number and other security details correspond with the tag on the luggage,” he added.

He said that pilgrims are usually advised to seal their luggage with adhesive tapes in Makkah, so as to protect them from possible rain in Nigeria.

Professor Gwadabe advised pilgrims to stick to the weight limit of 32 kilogramme, stressing that the Agency will not convey any luggage that is above it.