Mukhtar Yahya Usman
The Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board on Friday evening concluded airlifting pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Hajj.
KANO TODAY reports that the last flight with 282 pilgrims includes the board officials, journalists and members of the Kano State House of Assembly.
The flight left the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport at About 12: 15 am.
Executive secretary of the Board, Muhammad Abba Danbatta said they have airlifted a total of 3, 270 pilgrims from Kano.
Mr. Danbatta said there are more pilgrims from Kano this year compared to 2018 when the state had less than 3,000 pilgrims.
He however said that the Board is yet to meet the expectation of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) which has allocated 5,000 slots to Kano state.
Addressing the pilgrims, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje charged them to be good ambassadors of Kano state in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Ganduje urged them to demonstrate good character and pray for the state during their stay in the kingdom.