- Ibadan Airport Will be Ready Soon, Says Ajimobi
Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has disclosed that beginning from 2019, pilgrims from the state and neighbouring ones will be flying to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from Ibadan Airport.
The governor made the disclosure while addressing the 2018 Hajj pilgrims from the state before their departure to Saudi Arabia at the Hajj Camp, Ibadan, on Friday.
He said, “This is the last time I will be attending the farewell programme for hajj pilgrims as governor. I’m proud to say that pilgrims from Oyo State have exhibited a high level of discipline and maturity.
“I should also inform you that we are making frantic efforts to ensure that our pilgrims are airlifted to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from Ibadan Airport, starting from next year. The project will be ready soon. Pilgrims from neighbouring states will also benefit from the arrangement.”
In his address, the Chairman, Oyo State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold, said although the state was allotted 955 slots, 1,000 pilgrims would be going for the exercise.
He disclosed that the first batch of pilgrims would be airlifted to Saudi Arabia on August 4, 2018.