Sierra Leone pilgrims to jet in Lungi tommorrow
After a successful completion of this year’s Muslim pilgrimage, Sierra Leone pilgrims will depart the Holy Land on Wednesday, 23rdNovember, 2011.
According to the Administrative Head of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee, Alhaji Salieu Mansaray, 686 pilgrims would be transported in two different flights departing the Hajj Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah, on the same day.
He says the first flight would take-off with 452 pilgrims at 2:45 pm (local time) and expected time of arrival at theLungiInternationalAirportis 9:00 pm. The second flight with 234 pilgrims is scheduled to leave at 4:00 pm and expected to arrive at 10:00 pm.
Mansaray also discloses that 11 pilgrims left Jeddah via Casablanca in the early hours of Tuesday, 22ndNovember, 2011 and are expected to arrive at 5:00 am on Thursday, 24thNovember.
The last batch of pilgrims numbering 38, he adds, would leave in the early hours of Friday, 25th November and expected time of arrival is 5:00 am the following day.
It would be recalled that 17 had left and are already in Sierra Leone, while one Tenneh Dumbuya, 60, passed away and was buried in Mecca in accordance with all the Islamic rites.
Mansaray, who is also the Technical Advisor to the Office of the Vice President, says His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is expected to address the 752 pilgrims who performed this year’s Hajj at a State House reception after the Friday congregational prayer on the 25th November, 2011.
“The programme will be chaired by the Hon. Vice President, Alhaji Abubakarr Sidique Sam-Sumana, who is also the Chairman of the National Hajj Coordinating Committee,” Mansaray concludes.
Prominent among the pilgrims this year are, Sierra Leone’s envoy to Ghana, H.E Alhaji Osman F. Yansaneh, Deputy Parliamentary Leader, Hon. Alhaji Mohamed Soufian Kargbo, Deputy Mayor of the Freetown City Council, Alhaji Gibril I.B Kanu, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Njala University College, Professor Alhaji Abu Sesay, to name but a few.
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