The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has launched a mobilization drive for the registration of the Hajj Savings Scheme, HSS, in Lafia, Nassarawa State.
The NAHCON spokeswoman, Fatima Sanda-Usara disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Mrs Sanda-Usara revealed that the mobilization team consisted of NAHCON, the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards, SPWB, Jaiz Bank, royal fathers, members of the Ulama, public organizations and other invited guests.
According to her, the Governor of Nassarawa State, Abdullahi Sule who hosted the event, stated that the scheme is “one of the best options” that will “rescue the Hajj Industry in Nigeria from government dependency”.
She said: “Declaring his conviction over the laudable scheme, the governor expressed delight at the large turnout of participants, awed at the fact that this is the first time he is witnessing this impressive number of traditional rulers, State executives of pilgrims’ boards and large turnout of Fulanis in one sitting.
“The governor described this as an indication of the scheme’s acceptance in Nasarawa state,” she added.
The NAHCON spokeswoman said the commission’s Chairman, Zikrullah Kunle-Hassan disclosed the financial gains that would be acquired by registering in the scheme for the intending pilgrims and for Hajj operations in Nigeria.
He said: “The reality for the success of the Scheme however depends on all of us to propagate and support it in every way through encouraging our people to key into this noble scheme.
“Therefore as we rise from here today we must all go to work to preach the message of the Hajj Savings Scheme,” the chairman concluded.
The statement also quoted the Acting Manager of Jaiz Bank, Abdulfatah Amaoo, as expressing his optimism over the scheme’s prospect of “aiding the Commission and SPWBs in timely and efficient Hajj planning”.
“Other speakers during the event, such as the representative of the Emir of Keffi, Hon Nalaraba and Idris Almakura declared their support for the Hajj Savings Scheme and encouraged participants to enroll for maximum benefit,” the statement concluded.