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Hajj 2017: Nigerian pilgrims to pay N38,000 for ram

Every pilgrim embarking on the 2017 Hajj from Nigeria will pay N38,000 as price for the sacrificial animal (Hadaya).
The State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, commissions and agencies are to collect the sums and remit same to the designated accounts of Jaiz Bank Plc which is the appointed bank for the collection of Hadaya payments.
This is part of the reforms being undertaken by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, for a hitch-free hajj this year, the commission said.
To this end, the commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with the bank to ensure that all intending pilgrims achieve perfect Hajj by entrusting the important rite to a trustworthy agent.
In the past, pilgrims paid for the sacrifice to either the state boards and agencies or other third party agents.
However, many pilgrims often expressed doubt as to whether that important requirement for a Hajj was carried out on their behalf.
At a brief ceremony held within NAHCON complex Abuja on Wednesday, the Commissioner in charge of Policy, Personnel Management and Finance, Ibrahim Adebayo, who stood in for the Chairman/CEO of the commission, expressed the hope that the bank would discharge the assignment with the fear of Allah and great sense of responsibility.
Mr. Adebayo further explained that all state boards are to collect the Hadaya fees from intending pilgrims along with the 2017 Hajj fare, adding that pilgrims who wish to perform other forms of Hajj that do not require sacrificing animals need not pay.
Signing for the bank, the Managing Director/CEO, Hassan Usman, assured of the bank’s preparedness to carry out the responsibility with commitment and fear of God as it has done in the past two years, noting that they will not disappoint the Commission and the Muslim Ummah.
He thanked the board and management of NAHCON for the trust and confidence accorded to the bank.
He noted that Hadayah collection has been a onerous task and an integral part of Hajj rites that must be fulfilled to ensure accepted Hajj.
“And for the 2017 Hajj exercise, Jaiz bank will deliver,” he said.
The spokesperson of NAHCON, Uba Mana, in a statement Thursday, said with the new arrangement, “pilgrims would be sure of having performed the sacrificial animal rite conducted by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) in Saudi Arabia without stress or the fear of being shortchanged by dubious agents”.
The ceremony was also attended by senior management staff of NAHCON as well as the Deputy Managing Director of Jaiz bank, Abubakar Mahe, the bank’s secretary, Rukayat Saludeen and Yusuf Jonge.

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