By Louis Iba
Alhaji Muneer Bankole, Chief Executive Officer, Medview Airline, has urged the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to give priority to indigenous airlines in the allocation of pilgrims for 2018 Hajj operations.
He was quoted by the airline’s Media Consultant, Mr Obuke Oyibhota, as saying this at the inauguration of a 28-member Air Carriers Screening Committee for the 2018 Hajj operations in Abuja.
Bankole said that the call was necessitated by NAHCON’s allocation of the lion share of pilgrims to be transported for Hajj to foreign operators over the years.
He argued that giving more allocations to indigenous carriers, would create employment opportunities for the citizens.
Bankole, however, commended the commission for the transparency and accountability it had displayed in the handling, screening and selection of air carriers since its inception in 2006, stressing Medview Airline and Medview International Travel and Cargo Ltd. were among the eight airlines that applied for participation in the transportation of pilgrims for the 2018 Hajj.