The Chairman of Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Muslim Wing, Alhaji Taofeek Akeugbagold has praised the Med-View Airlines over its efficiency in airlifting hajj pilgrims promptly.
Alhaji Akeugbagold stated this on Saturday while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune on the number of pilgrims from the state that had been flown to Saudi Arabia for this year’s holy pilgrimage.
Out of 1,360 pilgrims consisting of 1,354 pilgrims and six officials from Oyo State, Alhaji Akeugbagold said that 894 had landed in Saudi Arabia, leaving 466 to be airlifted.
He added that the remaining pilgrims were delayed as a result of their visas which were still being processed at the Saudi Arabia embassy as at the time their flight was scheduled for, but said that the process had been completed.
The chairman also lauded the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Airline, Alhaji Munirudeen Bankole whom he said always made himself available to all the states that patronize his airline anytime his attention was needed, without them having a need to go through a third party.
He further disclosed that though there was a little hitch with the airline in 2015 in connection with the airlifting of Oyo State pilgrims, Alhaji Akeugbagold said the Board still decided to patronize it because of its good performance.
He stated further that Med-View Airline is also one of the foremost airlines which returns pilgrims to Nigeria after the performance of hajj every year, pointing out that the pilgrims attach much importance to quick return to their families after performing the religious rites.
The Board chairman expressed the hope that the remaining pilgrims would be lifted before the end of the week, saying he believed that the airline would serve Oyo State this year better than before.