The official manifest of departure of pilgrims from Lagos State, who participated in the 2016 hajj exercise, has been released by Lagos State Muslim Welfare Board (LSMWB).
The manifest, which was pasted in the three hotels accommodating the pilgrims from the state in Makkah, showed that the pilgrims from Lagos State will board on 27, 28 and 29 of this month.
Addressing the pilgrims on the arrangement, the Lagos State Amirul Hajj and Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Abdulhakeem Abdullateef explained that two flights would convey pilgrims from Makkah to Lagos on each of the three days.
Abdullateef ordered free distribution of 32 kilogram bags branded by the State Government to the pilgrims.
This, The Nation learnt, is to ensure that possible delay of pilgrims is not entertained
The Commissioner urged the pilgrims to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the loading of luggage, stressing that anyone who caught violating approved 32 kilogrammes, the load would be rejected.
Abdullateef said: “Now that you have successfully taking part in this year’s Hajj, I congratulate you all and pray that Allah accept all your worship. It is time for us to start preparing for the return trip back to Lagos. All the pilgrims would soon return home in no distance time.”
The state’s Amirul Hajj warned against inclusion of contrabands in their luggage.
“Remember that forbidden items in your luggage attracts serious penalty. Do not include inflammatory objects, and Zamzam water in your bags. Anyone found guilty would be dealt with according to the rules and regulations of the concern authorities,” he said.
According to him, a business network programme that will serve as a platform for the pilgrims to network with one another for business development and contact has been designed.
The state’s welfare board secretary Muftau Okoya has called for the refund of the money they paid for the installation of new air conditioning system at its Mina tents since the service was not delivered.
Okoya stated this after receiving the delegation of Federal Government Amirul-hajj led by Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, at Lagos house on Saturday.
He said the state was bitter for the non-installation of air conditioning system paid for.
He said: “The major challenge we encountered was the tent at Mina. They collected the money from us that they would give us new Air conditioners but we only saw them packed off without being installed. So, we had to pay extra to provide fan for our people because the heat was unbearable.
“We are calling for the refund of our money because that is the only way we can be assuaged. We are very bitter about it. We are calling on them to refund us for the service not delivered and make amends for the next year.”
He, however, hailed the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for the arrangement at Jam’rat, saying it was well done though there was always a room for improvement.