His Eminence, The Sultan Of Sokoto, and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on the Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Barr. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan to building on the legacies of his predecessor, Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad.
The Sultan made the call when he paid a historic courtesy visit to the NAHCON headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, which coincides with the fouth board’s first year in office.
The Sultan, in a statement by Fatima Sanda Usara, Head Public Affairs, NAHCON, recounted the rigors they went through in ensuring the formation of a Hajj Commission in Nigeria.
He then commended the three preceding boards for laying a solid foundation for the development of the Hajj institution in Nigeria from inception to date.
He lauded the 3rd NAHCON board, under Barr Abdullahi Mukhtar for purchasing this edifice of the NAHCON headquarters, calling on the current board to build on the achievements of his predecessor.
The Sultan also described Zikrullah as someone whom he has known and whose integrity he has trusted.
Usara also stated that as part of the activities to mark the one year anniversary, the Sultan, who was the special guest, laid foundation for the construction of a Juma’at mosque on the premises of the commission’s headquarters.
He equally inspected the soon to be commissioned NAHCON Digital Economy Centre.
“In his address to executive members of the commission, board, management and staff, His Eminence, the Sultan described the visit as a special day to him being the first time he is visiting the magnificent edifice and to meet and interact with senior and junior staff and management of NAHCON under one roof. He commended the Chief Executive for assembling all members of staff for the meeting irrespective of their position in the organization.
“Sultan Abubakar emphasised the reason behind introducing the Hajj Development Levy in Nigeria’s Hajj management as well as the vision of making the Hajj industry financially autonomous.
” He then called on the board to take the matter of staff welfare seriously while also admonishing staff and management alike to epitomize the teachings of Islam in their lives in order to address so many misconceptions about the religion. Additionally, His Eminence enjoined all Muslims to be law abiding to government protocols on Covid-19 and other matters of governance,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
In his welcome address, NAHCON’s Chairman, Zikrullah, expressed delight for the visit and appreciated the honour accorded by the Sultan’s visit despite his tight schedule.
He outlined the 4thboard’s goals which were unfolded at inception, to include: making Hajj fare affordable for Nigerian Muslims; developing a plan of action by which Nigerian pilgrims will spend lesser number of days in the Holy land; implementation of Hajj Saving Scheme (HSS); take–off of the Hajj Training Institute (HTI); Digital Transformation of Hajj operations; staff welfare and; acquisition of property in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to Alhaji Hassan, his board has intensified drive for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) through the facilitation of Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, ICRC. This will accelerate Public Private Partnership (PPP) in developing some of the country’s Hajj Camps and its landed properties so that they become busy through out the year instead of only during Hajj periods.
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