A delegation from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) led by its Chairman, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan paid a familiarization visit to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello.
The visit, according to the NAHCON chairman, was to formally introduce the fourth board of NAHCON to the FCT Minister who he (Hassan) referred to as the pioneer leader of “modern Hajj management” in Nigeria.
Hassan, in the company of his three permanent commissioners, explained another purpose of the visit, which was to solicit the FCT minister for advice in running affairs of the commission being a member of the modern industry ab initio.
The NAHCON boss seized the opportunity offered by the visit to brief the minister on the fourth board’s activities so far.
Among these are implementation and progress of Hajj Savings Scheme; establishment of Hajj Training Institute; NAHCON’s Digital Transformation drive; expanding the Commission’s Internally Generated Revenue outlets and concern for staff welfare.
Hassan sought the minister’s cooperation to look into NAHCON’s land application tendered since 2017 through the Commission’s Cooperative Society.
The minister in his remarkscommended the fourth NAHCON Board for its great feat within a very short time and added that the Hajj Savings Scheme is indeed the way to go bearing in mind its multiple advantages especially to the rural populace.
He advised the NAHCON leadership to cooperate with especially states’ pilgrims’ boards and other stakeholders in the Hajj industry and thanked the NAHCON management for the visit.
Rekindling memory of his first and second term in NAHCON, the minister disclosed that the focus of his board at the time he chaired NAHCON was to bring sanity and stability to Hajj affairs in Nigeria.
The minister said the challenges his board faced were huge thus their goal then was for modern Hajj management to materialize. It was upon this accomplishment that the third board progressed.
He commended the Abdullahi Mukhtar led administration for transforming Hajj tremendously, describing it as a tremendous job.
He called upon the fourth board to also build from where the former management stopped.
The minister however promised to look into NAHCON’s request and assured of the Ministry’s assistance where necessary.