From Hadiza Garba, Maiduguri
The Executive Governors of Borno and Yobe states, Babagana Umara Zullum and Mai Mala Buni have officially unveiled Hajj Savings Scheme in their respective states.
On his part Governor Zullum represented by Commissioner, Religious Affairs, Abacha Umar says his administration will always support programs that have positive and economic impact to the public such as Hajj Savings Scheme.
Urging all Muslim ummah to use this opportunity in order to answer the call to Hajj being one of the five pillars of Islam, he urged all stakeholders to give the scheme the best publicity it deserves.
The governor says the new scheme is capable of transforming the hajj operations to international standard and best practice.
Mala Buni said his administration will also provide all supports needed to ensure the success of the new scheme in the state.
He commended the management of Jaiz Bank for their commitment towards opening the Damaturu Branch in the nearest future which he said will provide alternative solutions to the financial transaction for the people of the state.
The Managing Director, Jaiz Bank Plc, Hassan Usman explained that with the take-off of the scheme, NAHCON and states pilgrims welfare boards can have the liquid funds required to effectively plan hajj operations early, thereby securing better bargain for accommodation and other services for their pilgrims.
The Chairman, Yobe Hajj Commission, Alhaji Bukar Kime said with this type of sensitisation and training by NAHCON and Jaiz Bank the success of the scheme will be achieved in sha Allah.
On his part NAHCON Charman, Barrister Zikilullah Kunle Hassan, represented by the Commissioner in charge of North East, Abba Jato said the introduction of the Scheme is part of the transformation of the hajj operations for efficiency and cost reduction.