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Minister urges pilgrims to adopt Hajj savings scheme

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has advised Abuja intending pilgrims to take advantage of the provision of the Hajj Savings Scheme to save and experience a stress-free pilgrimage.

He gave the advice at the launching of the Hajj Savings Scheme by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), on Thursday in Abuja.

NAHCON signed an agreement with Jaiz Bank Plc, to fast-track the implementation of the Hajj savings scheme in the country.

The Scheme would allow every Muslim, who intend to perform Hajj to be enrolled through the Pilgrims’ Welfare Board in all the 36 states, agencies and commissions or NAHCON offices across the country.

The minister assured that the FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board would continue to work very closely with NAHCON to key into the scheme.

He commended the current management of NAHCON for its determination to see that the scheme was up and running to meet the objective for which it had been established.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha advised the management of NAHCON to work against cyber scammers who may take advantage of the scheme to defraud subscribers.

Represented by Mr Olusegun Adekune, Permanent Secretary, General Service, Office of the SGF, Mustapha, said government encourage programmes that have positive socio-economic impact on Nigerians and that the Hajj savings scheme was one of such.

The Chairman, House Committee on Pilgrimage Affairs, Rep. Hassan Nalaraba, assured the support of the National Assembly for the success of the scheme.

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