The Federal Government has urged the National Hajj Commission to digitise its processes to save pilgrims from the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs. Zainab Ahmed advised members of the commission to quickly adopt digitisation process “because of the present reality of COVID-19 pandemic”.
She, therefore, appealed to the commission to license more banks to help ease the digitisation process.
Mrs. Ahmed stated these when Chairman National Hajj Commission Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan and his team visited her to present the commission’s Hajji Saving Scheme to her.
On the saving scheme, the finance minister encouraged the commission to double its efforts in sensitising Muslims on the need to take advantage of the scheme.
Ahmed expressed delight at the way the commission reaches out to and consults with stakeholders. She noted that the action would open up space and contribute to the smooth-running of the commission.
She acknowledged the fact that the commission needs support, but must put its requests in writing and be specific.
“We cannot offer government’s support now, but our multilateral institutions can offer technical support. So, reach out to them and let us know and we will help you reach out too,” Mrs. Ahmed said.
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