Sole administrators of state pilgrims welfare board in the South-south zone, met yesterday in Port Harcourt.
Organized by the Federal Commissioner for the zone, Alhaji Sadiq Oniyesaneyeye Musa, and covered exclusively by the Sahelian Times, the meeting dwelt on how to enhance generation of annual intending pilgrims in the zone.
Alhaji Sadiq Musa expressed concern that, less than three hundred Muslims performed hajj from the zone last year.
He attributed the low number of intending pilgrims, to lack of commitment by the state boards, to the effective implementation of hajj savings scheme.
The Commissioner stressed the need for the zonal office of the scheme, to work more closely with the sole administrators, to enable it to reach out to more members of the muslim community.
The Federal Commissioner advised the sole administrators, to cultivate sound relationship with the executive and legislative arms, as well as relevant departments and agencies, for improved coordination of their activities.
Alhaji Onisaneyeye Musa, promised to always hold brief for the sole administrators, whenever holding meetings with relevant authorities in their respective state governments.
He then commended the national chairman of the hajj commission, Alhaji Sakiru Olukunle Hassan, for delivering on his promise to see that hajj fare and, pilgrims spendings in the holy land, were reduced drastically, as well as ensure that hajj savings scheme was implemented effectively and efficiently.
In his speech, host of the meeting, and Rivers state sole administrator, Alhaji AbdulRazaq Cline Diepriye, blamed expectation of free seats from state governments, for the poor generation of large number of intending pilgrims annually.
Alhaji AbdulRazaq Cline Diepriye therefore, advised state governments in the zone, to encourage Muslims to use their own resources to foot their hajj bills, for more well deserved Allah’s rewards.
He then urged the national commission, to consider the zone, for its hajj development levy scheme.
In a brief lecture on the hajj savings scheme, its South-south zonal coordinator, Alhaji Aminu Umar, says that, Ja’iz bank is where all deposits by intending pilgrims are saved.
Alhaji Aminu Umar explained that, the intending pilgrims could make instalment payments through any other banks, assuring that it would eventually hit their Ja’iz bank accounts.
He pointed out that, a depositor could, if had a change of mind to perform the hajj, withdraw his money at will.
The scheme also provides that, profits that may accrue, would be shared amongst the national commission, state board and the depositor.
According to him, the sharing formula is 40% for Ja’iz, while the 60% goes to the commission, state board, and the depositor.
States represented at the meeting, were Rivers, Cross River and Delta.
Those unable to make it to the meeting, were Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Edo states.
The meeting held at Rivers state Muslim pilgrims welfare board office in Port Harcourt.