NSCIA: Sultan urges Muslims to embrace Hajj Savings Scheme

President General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to Muslims to embrace the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) to reinvigorate the exercise in the country.

The Sultan, who made the appeal yesterday while unveiling the new savings scheme introduced by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) in Kano State, pledged the sultanate’s support for the scheme.

Expressing confidence in the management of the scheme, the Sultan assured Muslims that hajj deposits under the new platform would be safe.

Represented by the Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, the NSIA leader canvassed transparency and accountability in handling of the scheme to gain public confidence.

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Chairman of NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, noted that the introduction of the scheme was in line with section 7(1) of the commission’s legal instrument, which recommended establishment of a hajj savings scheme.

Hassan said the scheme would transform the hajj system from manual to digital, create jobs, improve Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and enable ample opportunity to plan ahead.

The Managing Director of Jaiz Bank Plc, Mr. Hassan Usman, said the non-interest commercial bank committed to support the new scheme to ease financial burden of Muslims who plan to go on pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

He contended that the financial instrument would improve economic viability and reduce the cost of hajj fare in the country. Theguardianng

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