Respite has come for Muslim low-income earners to have access and perform Hajj pilgrimage with ease being one of the pillars of Islam as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has introduced a scheme “Hajj Savings Scheme”, a deliberate move to reduce difficulty in paying hajj fare by the category of such persons.
At the launch of the scheme in Yola, the Adamawa State capital held at Nyako Center in the State Secretariat, the Chairman National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Alhaji Zikirullahi Kunle Hassan, who was represented by the Director Licensing in the Commission, Alhaji Zakariyau Umar, explained that the scheme was designed to make the pilgrimage easier and more affordable for intending pilgrims.
“The Hajj Savings Scheme in collaboration with Jaiz Bank Plc would avail Muslims the opportunity of saving gradually at their convenience over a period of time to facilitate their performance of hajj exercise”, he said.
Also Speaking, the National Coordinator of Hajj Saving Scheme, Dr. Tanko Aliyu enumerated some benefits of the scheme to include profit sharing base on the savings made, job creation, poverty alleviation, and empowerment.
Aliyu commended Adamawa state government and Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission for the support to the programme for the benefit of Muslims across the state.
In his message, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa state noted that the scheme will support low-income Muslim earners to perform the pilgrimage.
Represented by the Secretary to State Government SSG Mallam Bashir Ahmad, the Governor charged officials that will handle the scheme to enlighten Muslims on its spiritual and financial benefits, urging them to be just and honest in the discharge of their duties.
In a remark, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission, Alhaji Salihu Abubakar, said the scheme would allow low-income earners, such as civil servants and petty traders to perform hajj with ease through their savings.
Abubakar said adequate arrangements have been made to ensure that their monies are safe with Jaiz Bank and advised all Muslims to key into the scheme.
Earlier, the Adamawa State Chairman of Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Commission Shaikh Ibrahim Abubakar Daware described the scheme as a welcome development, noted that it would not only increase the number of intending Muslim pilgrims, but also ensure their participation in hajj exercise with relative ease.
In a message, Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa represented by the Galadima Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu thanked the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria for introducing the scheme and charged Muslims to take the opportunity and utilize it.
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