The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON has said that one of its newly established innovations, Hajj Institute of Nigeria will soon commence operation.
The Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Barr. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan disclosed this on Thursday at the opening of a retreat, organized by the commission for its board members, held in Acra, Ghana.
Barr. Hassan said the commission had reached last stage of obtaining operational license from the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), adding that the CAC certificate had already been secured.
The Chairman also explained that “The temporary site of the institute located at annex ‘A’ of Hajj House is 98% ready.
He further explained that as the name implies, the institute will train and issue certificates on Hajj management, it would professionalise the operations thereby only experts on pilgrimage will manage the Hajj industry for best results.
” Our vision is that, the institute will serve as training hub for all English speaking countries globally, while acclaimed world standard treatment is what we desire for pilgrims, hence the need for producing professional and skilful Hajj Managers,” Hassan said.
The chairman also stated that the Commission, in collaboration with National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) had established Digital Economy Centre (DEC), which would serve as e-Learning Centre under the Hajj Institute of Nigeria.
“NAHCON’s digital transformation agenda is targeted to enhance operational efficiency, key into the Saudi digitalization of Hajj process and improve Customer Engagement among others.
“Towards this end, the Commission had successfully launched a Digital Transformation Master Plan. The project is a complete automation process and procedures as well as human capacity development in line with e-Government Strategy to attain high efficiency in delivery of services to Nigerian Pilgrims, “he said.
He noted that the retreat is aimed at straightening leadership ethics and promoting good governance, hoping that, at the end of this event, we will be enriched with new skills that will guide us in managing pilgrims and Hajj managers more effectively.
“Permit me to state that from the 4th Board’s inauguration to date, despite two years without Hajj, we have recorded tremendous achievements.
“As you are aware, NAHCON Board under my leadership has set several milestones intended to accomplish in the nearest future. Some have been crossed while others are being diligently pursued.
“To mention a few, we have already launched the Hajj Savings Scheme, under an agreement that will permit State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards in conjunction with the Jaiz Bank Plc to manage pilgrims’ registration. This innovation will go a long way in enabling Nigerian Muslims to plan for their spiritual journey years in advance,” he said.
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