The Chairman of Kano Chief Imams Forum, Sheikh Muhd Nasir Adam has called on the federal government to consider subsidisng the cost of dollars for intending pilgrims.
He made the call barely one month left before the deadline of deposit for Hajj as fixed by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) expires.
Sheikh Adam noted that intending pilgrims are currently finding it difficult to pay due to the high exchange rate of dollars to naira, adding that pilgrims will also be spending dollars during their stay in the holy land.
On his part, the director General, Kano State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Laminu Rabi’u Danbappa says the agency plans to utilise the knowledge of Juma’at Imams for a successful 2024 Hajj exercise.
He said the collaboration aims to enlighten intending pilgrims on the necessity of prompt Hajj deposit payments to ensure the realization of set objectives.
During a meeting held on Tuesday at the State Tourist Camp Conference Hall, Danbappa expressed his commitment to working hand in hand with Juma’at Imams from all Local Government areas.
“The collaborative approach seeks to provide clear guidance to intending pilgrims, urging them to fulfill their Hajj deposit obligations promptly,” he said in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the Board, Suleiman A Dederi.
He urged the Juma’at Imams to actively engage with their respective communities to disseminate essential information regarding the importance of adhering to the designated Hajj deposit timelines.
This, he said, would ensure that all logistical and administrative aspects of the pilgrimage are effectively managed.