The Governor of State, Dr Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, has commended the initiatives of the current board of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) towards easing Hajj operations and ensuring improved welfare of pilgrims.
Dr Umar Ganduje made commendation during a visit to the Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, at the Hajj House located in the Central Business District of Abuja.
According to the state governor, he was in the Hajj House to make a request and to exchange pleasantries.
He specifically noted, among other initiatives, the take-off of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) designed to aid low-income earners and others in paying gradually for a chance to perform Hajj. He said Kano state had embraced the scheme right from the start, reason why an enabling environment was created for its success in the state.
The governor thanked NAHCON for the functional Hajj clinic built in Kano, which the government helped to furnish. He further appreciated the excellent relationship his administration is enjoying with NAHCON as well as between NAHCON and other state governments.
However, the governor reminded Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan that work on the hotel like construction has stopped, a situation that might incur additional cost due to constant rise in the prices of building materials, calling for urgent action on the matter.
Dr Umar Ganduje requested for additional slots for his state to cater for the teeming population, if there is any available.
Responding, the NAHCON Chairman welcomed the governor to the Hajj House, describing it as historical.
Alhaji Kunle Hassan described Ganduje as the greatest supporter of the HSS, saying the governor is receptive to NAHCON leadership.
The NAHCON Chairman declared that Kano was the first state where the commission’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme begun successfully.
Alhaji Kunle Hassan also described Kano as important to NAHCON and promised to assist the state with its requests out of respect and mutual relationship.
The NAHCON chairman however blamed financial constraints for the suspension of the hotel project, assuring that it is abandoned.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by the Executive Secretary, Kano State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Alhaji Muhammad Abba Dambatta; Alhaji Idris Abdullahi Dawakin Tofa, the Permanent Secretary, Protocol Directorate; and S. AbdulHadi, Liaison Officer, Kano State Government House, Abuja.
Other dignitaries at the event were NAHCON’s three permanent commissioners and directors of the commission.
Fatima Sands Usara
AD, Public Affairs