A former president of the Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON), Alhaji Abdulfatah Abdulmojeed, called on hajj stakeholders to support the implementation of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) introduced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. Nigeria (NAHCON).
The program creates an avenue for prospective Nigerian Muslim pilgrims, especially those on low incomes, to save up for the hajj (pilgrimage to the holy lands of Mecca and Medina).
Jaiz Bank Plc and NAHCON had, in September 2020, signed a savings plan agreement to allow future pilgrims to plan and save gradually through a long-term savings platform for people who intend to go to hajj.
Abdulmojeed, in an interview with Daily Trust, said the program is the way forward to address the challenges associated with the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
The program, he said, facilitates the planning and operation of the hajj and helps determine the number of people who will go on the hajj pilgrimage each year.
Abdulmojeed, who is also the Managing Director of Al-Qibla International Service, said, “NAHCON, during the time of COVID, has been emphasizing the Hajj Savings Scheme. If, for example, all states had indeed registered, then it would be first come, first served.
“And then they even have some numbers on what to expect. This is what countries like Malaysia and Indonesia are doing. They can tell you that these are the people who will do the hajj next year. Thus, the Hajj Saving Scheme spearheaded by NAHCON is a step in the right direction.
“NAHCON should be encouraged to put more emphasis on the Hajj savings plan because you have the data, you have the number of people who are almost very close to it and you can easily tell if they give us that number , these are the people who have fulfilled this condition. »