05 October 2020 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen.
The National Hajj Commission NAHCON has described the newly introduced Hajj Savings Scheme as the first of its kind in the African Sub-region aimed at paving way for intending pilgrims to save for the exercise.
The chairman and Chief Executive of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan stated this during the launch of the Scheme organized by NAHCON in collaboration with an Islamic Financial Institution held in Kano.
He said the scheme was primarily introduced by the Commission in working out modalities aimed at assisting those willing to deposit their monies in preparation for hajj operations.
Zikrullah kunle Hassan explained that Hajj Savings Scheme was evolved by virtue of Section 7 Sub-Section (1) of the legal instrument establishing the Commission which empowers it to, among other things, establish, supervise and regulate a system of Hajj Savings to be operated by the Pilgrims Welfare Board of each state and the FCT for interested pilgrims.
The chairman Noted that the Scheme was a model which was designed and developed as a stop-gap for the full-blown Hajj Savings Scheme pending the conclusion of administrative and organizational structure towards obtaining of an operating license from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Earlier, the Sultan of sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, who was represented by the emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero called on the National Hajj Commission to exhibit spirit of transparency and accountability in the operations of the scheme which he described as timely and laudable.
He noted that all the emirs and other Muslim traditional rulers were fully in support of the Scheme, as it would go a long way in encouraging intending pilgrims.
Speaking while Launching the Scheme formally, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State commended the foresight of the management of NAHCON for initiating the scheme.
The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials,stakeholder’s on Hajj operations from across country and the public.