From Muhammed Kabir
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Zikirullah Hassan has said that Kano state constitutes a vital part of Hajj operations in the country.
Alhaji Hassan said this on Monday when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, at the Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The NAHCON chairman assured the governor of the Commission’s commitment towards working very closely with the state government to improve Pilgrims welfare, adding that, “Kano is key to us when it comes to Hajj operations in the country.”
In his response, Governor Ganduje said “Kano is home to the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). This is because historically Kano is the nucleus of Hajj Commission in the country.”
After reminding his visitors of how Kano people were among the first group of people to travel for Hajj by travelling to Saudi Arabia on horse back, the governor assured that “the state will continue to work hand in hand with the Commission all the time.”
“Unfortunately last year there wasn’t Hajj operation because of the global pandemic of COVID-19. All those who wanted their money back have collected their monies. And those who wanted their money to be with the State Pilgrims Welfare Board for future use, are also taken care of,” he said.