NAHCON CHAIRMAN RECEIVES GUESTS IN HAJJ HOUSE
By Fatima Sanda Usara
The NAHCON Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Barr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad hosted guests who made working and friendly visits to the Commission’s head office in the previous weeks.
Most of the visits were in felicitation with the Commission for moving into the Hajj House and to partner with NAHCON on a number of issues. One of the areas of interest in the calls was the Hajj Savings Scheme, which is gathering momentum with organizations from within and outside the country expressing interest with an eagerness to partner in its operation. The program when fully operational, according to former staff of NAHCON and former Head of the NAHCON Hajj Savings Scheme, Ahmad Sani, will open investment windows in the agro-allied sector, air transport industry, housing, health and energy/power sectors.
Towards the success of this scheme, NAHCON, represented by its Director of Admin and Human Resources, Dr Ibrahim M. Sodangi, attended a world conference on Hajj funds management in Indonesia. Dr. Sodangi participated in one of the discussions titled, Global Islamic Finance and Hajj Fund Management.
In the same vein, some members of NAHCON ate set to Malaysia under the sponsorship of Islamic Development Bank, towards setting a resilient base for the running of the savings scheme. Below is a brief diary of some of the visits to the NAHCON Chairman
Representatives of Taj Bank, an Islamic non-interest banking institution with headquarters in Abuja paid a working visit to the Commission in its head office. Led by the Managing Director, Mr Norfedelizan AbdulRahman, the delegation declared interest in partnering with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria in the Hajj Savings Scheme venture in Nigeria. The M.D described the initiative as timely and assured of deploying its expertise gathered from operating a similar program known as the Malaysian Tabung Hajj. He explained that with the high success rate recorded under the Tabung hajj, it eventually opened its own bank. The team also made enquiries on Hadaya and offered advice on the need of introducing a cashless Basic Traveling Allowance System, which the bank would be ready to facilitate.
In his response, the NAHCON Chairman welcomed the team and explained that many conventional banks have also declared interest in a partnering with the Commission on the scheme. Being an Islamic financing institution, the Chairman discerned that this is an added advantage to the Taj Bank and advised the group to send a written proposal so that feasibility studies may be carried out. He informed the group that it is part of the Commission’s plan to make the Hajj Savings scheme versatile in such a way that it can borrow, for instance, the Tabung Hajj concept and redesign it to suit the Nigerian context.
Finally, Mr AbdulRahman congratulated the Commission for moving into its awesome edifice and promised to assist the Commission in any way it can.