NAHCON warns intending pilgrims to be wary of fraudsters

NAHCON warns intending pilgrims to be wary of fraudsters

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has cautioned intending pilgrims against falling victims to ‘fraudsters’ advertising Hajj slots for the 2021 holy pilgrimage.

The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Zikrullah Hassan, gave the warning in a statement issued by Mrs Fatima Usara, Head of the Public Affairs of the commission, on Friday, May 28, in Abuja.

“The commission, therefore, warns the public to be wary of falling victims of such dubious deals.

“In particular, it has come to our notice that a so-called Non-Governmental Organisation is collecting money from intending pilgrims under the guise of securing the travel slots.

“NAHCON distances itself from such unlicensed organisations and is warning the public to be cautious; and report any such person or group collecting money for hajj illegally.

“Those allowed to collect hajj fare deposits are State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards, Commissions, Agencies, Licensed Tour Operators, and Ja’iz Bank under the Hajj Savings Scheme arrangement.

“Apart from these three, any other channel should be considered illegal,” he said.

The NAHCON chairman advised state pilgrims welfare boards to sensitise the Muslim public; using dominant local languages and through radio, television, and other media, against falling prey to swindlers.

Hassan insisted that all intending pilgrims must pay for hajj only through NAHCON authorised channels.

He further tasked NAHCON Zonal coordinators to make available to intending pilgrims a list of Licensed Tour Operators in their zones and share this with state welfare boards.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on Thursday, May 27, announced the inauguration of the “Safe to School, Be Seen, Be Safe” initiative to ensure children safety in and out of school.

Adamu, at the unveiling of customised reflective children safety jackets as well as uniforms; for cadet and school crossing guards in Abuja

Adamu said that the initiative would increase access and quality of education for over 40 million school children.

The Safe School Programme by the Federal Ministry of Education is in collaboration with the Children Accident Prevention Initiative (CAPI).

According to the minister, the customised not for sale reflective jackets for school children; and also other accident prevention infrastructures will provide immediate care and support for the children.

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“It is in pursuant of the good health and well-being of school children and realisation of quality education.

“As enshrined in the Memorandum of Understanding, the programme encompasses a phased kitting of school children; within the ages of four to 14 years in selected schools at the Federal and state levels; with customised reflective jackets as well as armband free of charge,” he said.

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