Kano state Pilgrims Welfare Board has commenced documentation of intending pilgrims for 2022 hajj exercise, preparatory to migrate their deposits to the statutory Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS).
Already, the Kano pilgrims’ board had placed an embargo on payment of hajj deposit (bank draft or cash), for the current year till further notice.
Executive Secretary of the board, Alh. Muhammad Abba Danbatta who disclosed yesterday while inspecting the ongoing documentation said the exercise was in full compliance with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) directive.
Alh. Muhammad explained that the preparatory exercise before official rollover to the scheme would enable the board and the manager of the scheme to update data and other relevant personal information of the intending pilgrims from Kano.
The Executive Secretary who reminded that pilgrim’s migration into the HSS was based on 60 percent rollover and 40 percent “pay as you go” structure emphasized that Kano is adopting the new hajj scheme.
Alh. Muhammad said the board is still awaiting a declaration of NAHCON essentially on Kano allocation and final fare for this year’s hajj, added that consideration would, however, be placed on “first come first serve”.
He added that Kano is having about 3,000 intending pilgrims who had left their 2020/2021 deposits with the board.
The Saudi Arabia authorities recently lifted the suspension on international pilgrims from performing the rituals after two years of hiatus.