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2021 Hajj: CSO wants NAHCON to create COVID-19 compliant registration guidelines

2021 Hajj: CSO wants NAHCON to create COVID-19 compliant registration guidelines

Independent Hajj Reporters, a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has advised the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to create guidelines for the registration of 2021 intending pilgrims, that were in conformity with COVID-19 protocols. The CSO gave the advice in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed, and Publicity Secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud,
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It’s un-Islamic to destroy life, property — NAHCON boss

***As MAN holds 35th Triennial conference By Haroon Ishola Balogun Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zhikrullah Hassan has warned Muslim youths to eschew any form of violence, while exercising their right of protest, adding that any demonstration or protest that leads to the destruction of life and property is un-Islamic. Alhaji Hassan
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Lagos State Government says it will support the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in all its laudable initiatives aimed at improving the narratives of Hajj operations in the country, including the Hajj Savings Scheme. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave the assurance on Sunday at the inauguration of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) for South West States of the country, held at Ikeja, Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the HSS was first launched in Kano State for the Northwest on Oct. 4, 2020. The scheme is a tripartite arrangement between the NAHCON, States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and Ja’iz Bank. It is designed to encourage intending pilgrims to save towards actualising their dreams of performing the Holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as enshrined in the Holy Qur’an within a specified period of time. Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, described the scheme as a welcome development. According to him, it came at a good time especially as the global economic meltdown is affecting virtually everybody and countries of the world including Nigeria. The governor noted that the launch of the scheme reflected the spirit of oneness amongst all the stakeholders adding that they would ensure its successful implementation. “I commend the management of the commission and assure them of the state government’s support to all its laudable initiatives aimed at improving the narratives of Hajj Operations in the country including the Hajj Savings Scheme. “I call on all Islamic Clerics in the state to enjoin their followers to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols as the disease is still very much around and active. “The disease is still very much around and active. “We must, therefore, ensure that we know our status and adhere strictly to the laid down protocols of social distancing, regular hand washing with soap and running water, using the hand sanitisers, wearing of face masks, avoid hugging, hand shake and large gathering,” he said Earlier in his address, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, described the scheme as significant. “It is the first time since Hajj operations began in Nigeria that a full-fledged contributory HSS would be introduced in the country. “With a view to ameliorating the financial burden usually experienced by intending Pilgrims, especially the less privileged in the fulfillment of the Hajj rites as enshrined in the Holy Qur’an.” Elegushi explained that the initiative would also go a long way in creating an enabling environment for intending pilgrims to contribute gradually towards the actualisation of their dream of becoming an Alhaji or Alhaja in no distance future. The commissioner implored the people to tap into the great opportunity provided by the scheme by registering immediately with Ja’iz Bank PLC to start contributing. In his remarks, the Chairman of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said that the introduction of HSS was one of the strategic moves to achieve the desire of making Hajj affordable for the average Nigerian Muslim Hassan said that the operationalisation of the scheme was historic in the commission’s long walk towards self-financing. According to him, it will wean it from depending on the scarce government resources which can be utilised for the provision of infrastructure and other social services in the country. The chairman noted that the core of the scheme was a developmental approach that sought to liberalise payment, build value chains and overcome the infrastructure deficit and as well address the issue of poverty inequality in the country. “The scheme will avail intending pilgrims or depositors various options in which they can participate or be enrolled. “It will protect intending pilgrims against potential fraudsters, boost the country’s GDP and provide economic power to the citizens. “I call on all stakeholders to embrace the scheme in order to enjoy the enormous accruable benefits. “I assure prospective pilgrims subscribers of proper supervision, maintenance of their savings and maintenance of a queuing process through ICT that ensures a first come, first served basis,” he said. (NAN)

Sanwo-Olu inaugurates Hajj Savings Scheme

Lagos State Government says it will support the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in all its laudable initiatives aimed at improving the narratives of Hajj operations in the country, including the Hajj Savings Scheme. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave the assurance on Sunday at the inauguration of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS)
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Hajj Savings Scheme to commence soon — NAHCON Chair

Let’s find ways to achieve affordable hajj fare, NAHCON chairman charges Board, Mgt staff

Says: Hajj Saving Scheme will be launched in Sokoto, Lagos soon We’ll professionalise hajj industry By Haroon Balogun The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan has charged the Board members and management staff of the commission to find solution to translate the dreams and objectives the commission on affordable cost of
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Okowa 

NAHCON Commissioner solicits Okowa’s support for MPWB

By Festus Ahon, ASABA FEDERAL Commissioner Representing South-South in the National Hajj Commission Of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Sadiq Musa, has urged Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State to support the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board MPWB, in the state. Speaking during his familiarisation visit to the State Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Mr. Omamofe Pirah, Musa
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Hajj Savings Scheme to commence soon — NAHCON Chair

NAHCON charges stakeholders on growth of HSS

…Receives committee’s progress report The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan has urged all stakeholders in the recently launched Hajj Savings Scheme, HSS to make positive contributions to the growth of Hajj system, calling on participants to play vital roles to advance Hajj administration in Nigeria. Receiving the progress report of the committee
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Kano targets 600,000 children for immunisation in 2021

Hajj Savings Scheme: You need not sell-off, dispose of your assets to pay for hajj – NAHCON, Ganduje tells pilgrims

The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Zikrullah Kunle Hassan and Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has on Sunday told intending pilgrims of the Hajj exercise who are mostly are cattle rearers that they don’t have to sell off or dispose of their assets such as livestock and others to pay for hajj with the introduction of a new initiative, Hajj Saving Scheme.

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Hajj Savings Scheme to commence soon — NAHCON Chair

NAHCON Chairman inspects Hajj facilities across country

The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has embarked on a familiarization and inspection tour of NAHCON’s ongoing projects across the country. Among his entourage are the three permanent commissioners of NAHCON, the Commission’s most senior staff, Dr. lbrahim Sodangi, Director Admin and Human Resources and other members of management
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