In its move to simplify payment of hajj fares especially for low income earners, the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has introduced “Hajj saving scheme” in Adamawa State.
Commenting on the rationale behind such move, the chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikirullahi Kunle Hassan, said the scheme was floated in order to make payment of Hajj less cumbersome for the low income class among Nigerians.
Hassan who was represented by the Director Licensing, Alhaji Zakariyau Umar said; “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.”
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, noting 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 Muslim to make optimal use of the opportunity.