By Mousa Ubandawaki
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) will begin sensitization programs on the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) in South West starting with sensitization programs in Osun on the 14th of December 2020.
The Scheme which was officially launched in Kano on 4th October 2020 by the Governor of Kano, Dr Umar Ganduje, at the Hajj Demonstration Center will be launch in Lagos in South Zone on the 20th of December.
The sensitization in the south-west zone will takes place in Osogbo in Osun, Ado Ekiti in Ekiti State, Akure in Ondo starting from 14th of December and will be launch in Lagos on the 20th December.
The Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) is a contributory savings arrangement organized by the NAHCON, the State pilgrims welfare boards in partnership with JAIZ Bank PLC to provide a long-term savings platform for people who intends to build their savings for Hajj
It is a queue-based system of first come first served that enables pilgrims pay for Hajj over a period of time they desired
Intending pilgrims can participate in the scheme by registering and opening an account on the platform through the State pilgrims welfare boards offices, HSS web portal or any JAIZ Bank outlet.
The HSS is one of the most important policy thrust of the current NAHCON”s board led by Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, to prune down the cost of Hajj among other benefits.
Besides the cost-benefit to the pilgrims, the Scheme will also enable the Hajj administrators to plan the movement t and transportation of pilgrims
Mousa Ubandawaki is the NAHCON Assistant Director, information and Publication Division.