In a bid to help reduce the overcrowding at the international airport the hajj committee has decided to host over 2500 pilgrims and their relatives at the Catco international hotel Lungi.
In an interview with the Chairman of the Hajj coordinating committee Alhaji Sheka Mansaray he disclosed that this will help them in controlling the mad rush of pilgrims and also avoid the congestion at the airport, he thanked Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara for offering his hotel free of cost to host pilgrims and their families for this yearís hajj.
The journey for hajj started on the 12th October, 2012 as over 2500 pilgrims and relatives spent their night at the hotel facilities but it was a bit chaotic as the people were expecting members of the hajj coordinating committee to furnish them with information as to their travelling, the few that was with them at the time canít provide any information but it was later learnt that the flight was rescheduled instead of 04:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs.
On the 13th October at about 08:00 hrs the chairman Alhaji Sheka Mansaray and some members of the hajj committee join pilgrims and their relatives at the catco international hotel where they organized the first batch of 234 pilgrims to board the first flight led by Alhaji Salieu Mansaray at 15:00 hrs. That same day at about 21:00 hrs 234 pilgrims boarded the second flight led by the deputy chairman Sheikh Abu Bakarr Conteh.
Due to the hastily arrangements made at the hotel, pilgrims and their relatives became disquiet as the Hajj committee failed to make arrangements for food and other logistics for pilgrims. At about 16:00 hrs on the 14th October 237 pilgrims boarded the third flight led by Alhaji Sheka Mansaray after that third flight things goes berserk but with the intervention of Alhaji Issa Catco Kamara things became a bit calm as he provided food and other logistics for pilgrims and some of their relatives.
Another batch of 80 pilgrims left on the 16th October at about 04:00 led by Sheikh Ali Kallay leaving behind at about 30 pilgrims whose faith is still unknown for this year hajj 2012. In total there are now 810 pilgrims that have left the Lungi International Airport to make it for this year hajj as 25 made it earlier.
According to one of the pilgrims left behind he said that there is need to transform the hajj process in the country as every year the committee failed to manage the problems of hajj in the country, he said that this year hajj is disorganized as most of the members of the hajj coordinating committee do not cooperate with the chairman Alhaji Sheka Mansaray in coordinating pilgrims.