NAHCON partners IsDB on Hajj Institute, employment

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has entered into an agreement with Islamic Development Bank so as to deepen the economic cooperation between the two bodies before, during and fmafter the forthcoming 2023 Hajj exerxise. 

 Rising from a meeting held on Wednesday  (January 18, 2023) at the Jeddah headquarters of the  Bank, the    Chairman/CEO of NAHCON Alh. Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, stressed the need for support and intervention of the bank in the areas of employment of Nigerians into the organisation and seasonal slaughtering job, capacity-building, and facilitating the full take off of Hajj Institute of Nigeria (HIN ) and supply of medical equipment to the Clinics.

“Nigeria  as one of the   Muslim populated country, we require your support in poverty  reduction efforts. Specifically,we want your intervention in the employment of Nigerians into the seasonal livestock slaughtering during the Hajj and distribution of Hajj meat to Nigerians. In the same way, we need your assistance in capacity building of our staff and  supply of instructional and medical equipment for the Hajj Institute of Nigeria (HIN) and Clinic” , he stated.

In his remarks the  Deputy Coordinator General of the IsDB, Dr Umar Adiya, said that Nigeria has always been part of the Bank’s partner and would  be accorded a place of priority, adding that the Commission’s request falls within the bank’s ambit.

Adiya, according  to a statement signed by the NAHCON Assistant Director, Information and Publications, Alh. Mousa Ubandawaki and made available to newsmen, further stated the need to explore sustainable future of Hadaya project if the bank must serve the purpose of its establishment.

“If we must guarantee the future of Hadaya  project, then NAHCON must strive to support and encourage pilgrims to participate and key into the scheme  to sustain it” he added.

While acknowledging the existence of “black market” as posing  danger to the scheme, he explained that the only way to win the fight against them is through education.

“The black market activities has been detrimental to the scheme, I know, but while they cannot be eliminated totally, education is the tool to fight them”, he declared.

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