President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the migration of all Hajj 2020 and 2021 deposits to the Hajj Saving Scheme being run by Jaiz Bank, State Hajj agencies and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
This was revealed on Wednesday by the chairman of NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan at a meeting with Chief Executives of State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, agencies and commission which held at the Hajj House Head office of NAHCON in Abuja.
The NAHCON boss also explained that the objective of the meeting was to have the usual necessary interaction between the commission and the state Hajj chief executive officers.
This, according to him, will enable the commission to brief them about the latest development and also to plan ahead of hopeful 2022 Hajj.
NAN reports that the NAHCON Chairman who revealed that for the first time in two years, there is an official communication between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia in respect of Hajj 2022 also stated that the Hajj Savings Scheme will play vital operational role in the enrollment of intending pilgrims for this year’s Hajj.
“There are other details which I will like to keep for now. But engagements and communication has started between the two nations in respect of Hajj 2022.
“We have reasons to believe that the worst moment is already gone. For the first time in about two years, we have received an official communication from Saudi Arabia.
He therefore, urged State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards start working and getting ready for Hajj 2022 because the “the official communication is intended to kick start usually what begins the Hajj Operation, which is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“Has a day been chosen no, will a day be chosen yes, I pray. Immediately the day is chosen that will be the commencement of the Hajj operation for 2022.
“Is there a total green light as we speak, no, but as expected of any responsible people, we are just getting prepared hoping that by God’s grace the Hajj 2022 will begin in due course.”
On his part, the Chairman, Forum of Chairmen of the 36 states and FCT pilgrims boards, Malam Nasir DanMallam, said NAHCON had informed them that it has received Presidential Approval to commence Hajj Saving Scheme.
“So, from now onward, any Hajj that is going to take place in Nigeria will be under the platform of a Hajj Saving Scheme.
“That is what we have been informed by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NAHCON, “And we have no choice than to abide by it as law abiding Nigerians. We are formations of the law, so whatever the President has given assent to we will just key into it,” he said.
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