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Reps consider suspension of hajj saving scheme

The House of Representatives has resolved to direct the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), to suspend the implementation Hajj saving scheme.

This was sequel to a motion by a member from Katsina State Aminu Ashiru-Mani, on the urgent need to investigate the Hajj saving scheme.

The lawmaker explained that the scheme was established in 2006 for intending Muslim pilgrims to save towards performing the Hajj.

Mr Ashiru-Mani, stated that within 2 years of NAHCON’s partnership with JA’IZ Bank to assist intending pilgrims to save under the scheme, the customer base hit over 4000 with ₦1 billion savings in the account.

He expressed concern that there is alleged lack of transparency and accountability in the savings scheme.

If this is not tackled according to him, “it would lead to corruption in the system and disregard for the extant law”.

Contributing to the debate, deputy speaker Ahmed Wase explained that for more than 2 years, intending pilgrims have been contributing to the scheme but were unable to perform the Hajj due to COVID-19.

Wase alleged that against their own Act, the Hajj Commission are dipping into the funds.

Adopting the motion, the house mandated its committee on pilgrims affairs to investigate the hajj saving scheme.

The House also mandated the committee to review the entire agreement between NAHCON and JA’IZ Bank and report back to the house within 2 weeks.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Muzha Kucha