By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman, Oyo State Muslim Pilgrims Board, Professor Sayeed Malik has hinted that Governor Seyi Makinde will this week launch the state’s Hajj Savings Scheme.
Professor Malik dropped this hint over the weekend while speaking with newsmen on the 2021 pilgrimage to the Saudi Arabia.
According to the Chairman, the saving scheme is expected to be launch on Thursday 28th January to afford the less-privileged Muslims in the society perform hajj without the fear of financial burden.
Professor Malik pointed out that the scheme will no doubt help Muslims in the State who have the dream of performing the annual pilgrimage under the State Muslim Pilgrimage Board to do so without difficulties as there will be a five years contribution window for beneficiaries of the scheme.
He maintained that the intervention will be controlled by National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Oyo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and the Ja’iz Bank.
“The Oyo State Hajj Savings Scheme is much awaited, it is a scheme that was fashioned out on the State’s readiness to assist those longing to perform Hajj but are financially handicapped”, he said.
Professor Malik added, “the participants which will be dominantly the less-privileged Muslims, will have a five years contribution window to be eligible to benefit from the scheme and fulfil their dream of performing the last pillar of Islamic faith.”
He stressed that the launch will be will be witnessed by delegates from the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Oyo State League of Imams and Alfas as well as representatives of Muslim organizations in the state.