Azman Airlitfs 1, 386 Pilgrims To Holy Land, As 1, 300 Yet To Be Evacuated, KPWB Scribe, ABDULLAHI RABIU

THE Kano state Executive Secretary of Pilgrims Welfare Board Alhaji Mohammad Abba Dambatta has said that so far Azman Air has Airlifted One thousand three Hundred and Eighty Six Pilgrims to the Holy land.

Dambatta maintained that so far One Thousand Three Hundred are yet to travel to the Holy land .

He said he is confident that despite the obstacles associated with the Air Carrier in Air lifting the State Pilgrims to the Holy land as scheduled, no single pilgrims will be left stranded.

Alhaji Dambatta gave the assurance during an interview with Media men in his office on Tuesday in Kano.

According to him, over one thousand three Hundred Pilgrims were stranded as at the time of writing this report.

He said the reason why the board encountered so many obstacles was that it initially settled for Max Air to Airlift all the Pilgrims from Kano but only to be overruled by NAHCON that “we are to work with Azman Air which we rejected at the initial stage”

Dambatta explained that despite all the Correspondences to allow the state employ the services of Max Air, the National Hajj Commission insisted that Azman Air are the recommended Air Carrier no more less.

He said he had to inform the state governor on the said development and he personally went to Abuja and appealed to NAHCON to allow the state patronised Max Air but turned down the request put forward by the governor.

The Executive Secretary, however revealed that since the resolve of the Board with AZMAN Air to continue with the Hajj exercise, so far, it has carried out five trips to the Holy land.

” The first Aircraft carried three Hundred and Ninety Nine Passengers, the Second batch was 97, the Third Batch was 95, while the Fourth batch had three Hundred and Ninety Five and the final batch was One Hundred passengers on board.

When our Reporter contacted Azman Air to hear their own part of the story, the General Manager of Azman, Alhaji Suleiman Lawan said they are on top of the situation .

He said they have since communicated to NAHCON on their inability to Airlift all the Kano Pilgrims to the Holy land and promised to provide two more big Aircrafts to help evacuate the stranded Pilgrims.