The Governors of Borno and Yobe states, Babagana Zulum and Mai Mala-Buni, have officially unveiled Hajj Savings Scheme in their respective states.
In Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, Mr Zulum said his administration would always support programs that have a positive economic impact on the public such as Hajj Savings Scheme.
The governor advised all Muslim Ummah in the state to use the opportunity in order to answer the call to Hajj, being one of the pillars of Islam, urging all stakeholders to give the scheme the best publicity it deserves.
Mr Zulum, represented by the state Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Abacha Umar, said the new scheme is capable of transforming the Hajj operations to international standards and best practices.
In Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, Mr Buni on Wednesday said his administration would provide all supports needed to ensure the success of the new scheme in the state.
The governor commended the management of Jaiz Bank for their plans towards opening a Branch in Damaturu, saying that doing so would provide alternative solutions to the financial transaction for the people of the state.
He commended the efforts of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, and Yobe State Hajj Commission for their effort towards ensuring that the pilgrims’ welfare keeps improving year after year.
The Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Hassan Usman explained that with the take-off of the scheme, NAHCON and states pilgrims’ welfare boards could have the liquid funds required to effectively plan Hajj operations early, thereby securing better bargain for accommodation and other services for their pilgrims.
Mr Usman, represented by the North East Regional Manager, Baba Njidda and the Head of Corporate Communications of the bank, Halima Ishaq in Yobe and Borno respectively, said the bank is committed to this journey and, “we are ready to support it with best-in-class technology infrastructure as well as safe investment management practice”.
Also speaking, the NAHCON Chairman, Zikilullah Hassan, represented by the Commissioner in charge of North East, Abba Jato said the introduction of the Scheme was part of the transformation of the Hajj operations for efficiency and cost reduction.
In his part, the Executive Chairman, Yobe Hajj Commission, Bukar Kime said with this type of sensitisation and training by NAHCON and Jaiz Bank, the success of the scheme would be achieved.