BY TAOFEEK LAWAL,The leadership of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has commended the media for the effective coverage of the hajj activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The chairman/CEO of the commission, Barrister Muhammad Abdullahi Mukhtar gave the commendation during NAHCON meeting with official of states, air carriers and zonal coordinators in Makkah .He thanked the media for its continuous support and asked for stronger ties between the commission and the media to deliver quality services to Nigeria. He added that the media has helped in the area of information dissemination, enquiries and enlightment of the just concluded hajj rites while calling on them not to relent as the last lap of the hajj exercise commences.In the meantime, NAHCON has concluded plans to airlift Nigerian pilgrims to their respective destinations with Gombe State pilgrims to be transported back to the country on September 7. According to the commissioner for operations, Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo, the return journey will be concluded on or before October 5.Modibbo said, “We have got the approval of our flights back to Nigeria from the Saudi Arabia Aviation Authorities and here we have the schedule of the three air carriers, Flynas, Medview and MaxAir as follows. MaxAir will transport the pilgrims between September 9 and October 5, Flynas will operate from September 6 to October 2 while Medview will shuttle between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia from September 10 to 25. The weighing of luggage has commenced and I want to advise the pilgrims not to allow anybody to use them to peddle drugs to Nigeria. In all, the airlines will be transporting 65, 601 pilgrims and 950 officials back to Nigeria.”The commissioner in charge of personnel and finance, Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo Ibrahim assured that pilgrims feeding and transportation will continue until they reunitewith their families. The head of NAHCON medical team, Dr Ibrahim Kana, confirmed the death of 14 person so far including a NAHCON staff. Kana said about 18,000 pilgrims were attended to by his team with over 6,000 at Muna and Arafat.