NAHCON CHAIRMAN WITH JIGAWA STATE GOVERNOR
BY Fatima Sanda Usara
The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan is leading members of management of the commission on a tour of States across the country.
The tour according to NAHCON is part of a familiarization and inspection tour of ongoing projects across the country.
Among his entourage are the three permanent commissioners of NAHCON, the Commission’s most senior staff, Dr. Ibrahim Sodangi, Director Admin and Human Resources and other members of management.
The team has so far visited Lagos, Kano, FCT, Kwara, Bauchi, Jigawa and Katsina states among others.
The NAHCON delegation also visits state governors and royal fathers to pay their respect and seek for cooperation for NAHCON’s plans as well as to acquaint them of new developments.
According to the commission’s head of public affairs unit, Fatima Sanda Usarain a statement Friday “Alhaji Zikrullah enjoined their support for the success of upcoming Hajj Savings Scheme program (HSS) and establishment of the Hajj Training Institute. The NAHCON leader disclosed that among the goals of his board is to see how it can cut down the number of days spent by Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia during Hajj, a pledge to make Hajj fare affordable through some financial engineering, and digitalization of Hajj operations.
”Though he acknowledged that achieving all these would not come easy, especially with Hajj fare components being foreign exchange dependent, nevertheless, he promised that NAHCON would ensure affordability of Hajj for all Muslims in Nigeria. And one of the soonest ways of achieving this is through the Hajj Savings Scheme, he opined”.
The statement said the NAHCON Chairman, lamented that an intending pilgrim must not go into a business or financial suicide in order to raise money for Hajj. Alternatively, he said, a prospective pilgrim ”can enrol in the scheme to save for the appropriate time and hopefully raise dividends simultaneously. This is the ultimate goal of the HSS”.
Alhaji Kunle Hassan solicited their advice and criticisms for better Hajj administration in Nigeria.
Also among the NAHCON team’s itinerary is a solidarity visit to the state’s Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions to identify with their hard work while advocating for more dedication. At the same time, the team inspects the Hajj Development Levy project for assessment of works.
In their responses, the leaders welcomed the NAHCON team while appreciating their inclusive style of leadership. The Jigawa state governor, His Excellency Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar (mon), for instance, expressed confidence that but for the fact that international Hajj did not take place in 2020, Hajj fare would have been lower.
Similarly, the emir of Dutse, His Royal Highness. Alhaji Muhammadu Nuhu Sanusi expressed gladness over the HSS while affirming that government should not be spending money to sponsor pilgrimage.
We have to engage ourselves in meaningful productive ventures, he agreed. The royal father recalled that Hajj management in Nigeria has become better through the years. He expressed gratitude that this visit will be remembered for being the first of its kind to his institution.