By Hussaini Hammangabdo, Yola
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is set to partner with Jaiz Bank in setting up a Hajj Savings Scheme.
The scheme is planned to assist low income earners and the general public to save at their convenience towards meeting their goal of performing pilgrimage.
The Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON Alhaji Zikirulla Kunle Hassan revealed this in Yola, Wednesday.
He declared that soon the Savings Scheme will kick off as according to him the programme has long been introduced in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia where it is faring successfully and hope that it will equally be embraced by the people in Nigeria.
He noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has made 2020 hajj operation for Muslims outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia impossible but however declared that NAHCON has since September begun preparations for 2021 pilgrimage.
Hassan who pointed out an increase in hajj cost every year, said the phenomenon was due to the fact that the fare is determined by exchange rate and the increase by the Saudi authorities on VAT from five to fifteenth percent.
He added that the commission is determined to make Hajj Exercise affordable in its little way hence involving new strategies, one of which is the Hajj Saving Scheme
The National Chairman also hinted government on projects embarked upon by the commission in the permanent hajj camp and solicited for government to compensate land owners around the hajj camp to enable the commission fence the place.
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri said COVID-19 has caused major setbacks on humanity said he is gladdened that the commission has come on track to begin preparation ahead of 2021 pilgrimage.