By Our reporter
The newly appointed chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON Barr. Zikurullah Olakunle Hassan has reiterated his commitment towards ensuring that Hajj fare is reduced in future to enable all Nigerians perform Hajj.
He said though this may not be easy but he is determined to achieve it.
It would be recalled that Hassan first made this pledge while fielding questions from press after his confirmation by the Senate.
He said the incoming board has resolved to continue the journey to make NAHCON a global brand and recognition adding that the journey will not be complete until the commission is able to attain the lofty heights of famed Malaysian Tabung Hajj, where services and welfare of pilgrims are run efficiently.
The incoming chairman said this yesterday in Abuja during the handing over ceremony to the 4th board of the commission.
He said the new board’s journey will not be complete untill a better way for reducing the number of days Nigeria’s pilgrims spend in the holy as well as during boarding of aircraft is found.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for deeming the board worthy and giving them the privileged to steer the affairs of the commission.
He commended the outgoing chairman for his positive and giants strides which he said changed the face of Hajj management in the country.
In his handing over remarks, the outgoing chairman, Barr. Abdullahi Muktar, said the commission under his leadership intended to do a lot some of which he said are also part of the mission and vision of the incoming chairman.
According to him, some of the projects lined up for execution includes building of a befitting training institute on a land allocated to the Commission during the past chairman’s regime to generate revenue for the Commission.
He said the commission has the money to commence building of the institute and furnishing of the newly acquired Hajj House.
Other projects he said includes the Hajj Saving Scheme which if properly harness can make the Commission independent.
He cautioned the board to be wary of illegal agents he fought during his regime which he said may resurface.
He said it has been documented that the commission should never have any dealings with such people in the interest of Nigeria’s pilgrims.