Lagos State Pilgrims are scheduled to leave Nigeria to perform the lesser hajj – Umrah – in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019.
This was disclosed today by the Board Secretary, Mr. Rahman Ishola in his office while briefing the management team of the Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on the calendar for this year’s lesser hajj operations.
Ishola stated further that the pilgrims are to be conveyed by two airlines – Etihad and Emirates, saying “those going with Etihad are expected to arrive at the airport by 6a.m and to leave by 9a.m while those travelling on Emirates are expected at the airport by 9a.m to leave by noon”.
The Board Secretary advised pilgrims to adhere to the time schedules in order to make the check-in easy and smooth, estimating that the pilgrims will arrive in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
The Chairman of the Board, Dr. Tajudeen Yusuf warned pilgrims against all banned or contraband items and cautioned them against carrying excess luggage, pointing out that pilgrims are only entitled to two 23kg bags with a 10kg handbag.
“We have taken time out to organise a day seminar for the pilgrims where all the dos and don’ts of Umrah had been taught to ensure that no one falls victim of the laws of the holy land,” he said.
He urged pilgrims to make sure they present themselves as good ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos in particular, counselling them to keep their property safe especially international passports and the visa printout to avoid delays during the travel itinerary.
Dr. Yusuf enjoined the pilgrims to seize the opportunity of the pilgrimage to offer spiritual prayers, requests and thanksgiving for the incumbent and incoming administrations of Lagos State.
The pilgrims are expected to spend 10 days in the Kingdom before returning to Nigeria on 6th or 7th June 2019.