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Fraud Allegation: Hajj Commission Not Guilty

... Calls EFCC To Investigate

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Fraud Allegation: Hajj Commission Not Guilty

… Calls EFCC To Investigate

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), has absolves itself from allegation of fraudulent practices against it through the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) platform circulating on the social media, Ournigerian News reports.

A statement from the Commission’s A.D. Public Affairs, Fatima Sanda Usara, draw attention to a story on the social media of alleged fraudulent practices against the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS) which was said to have been established in 2006 for intending Muslim pilgrims to save towards performing the Hajj. The report calls for suspension of the Hajj Savings Scheme as well as mandating House Committee on Pilgrimage to investigate the scheme.

The purported story alleged that within two years of NAHCON’s partnership with JA’IZ Bank to assist intending pilgrims to save under the Hajj Savings Scheme, the customer base has hit over 4000 with one billion naira savings in the account. It also assumed that the scheme lacked transparency and accountability.

In another breathe, the story claimed that for more than two years, intending pilgrims had been contributing to the scheme, but unable to perform the Hajj due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and that NAHCON was dipping it’s hand into the fund against the act establishing the commission.

NAHCON said the allegations are frivolous, baseless and fabricated to bring the commission to disrepute. It condemned the story in it’s entirety and therefore decided to explain the modus operandi of the Hajj Savings Scheme (HSS). And to set the record straight, Fatima explained that HSS was launched on the 4th of October 2020 as against 2006, to cushion the effect of devaluation on deposits through profit for pilgrims who entrust their money for the sake of traveling for Hajj.

The commission, reputed for transparency and accountability, ensure subscribers are disposed to monitor their accounts directly from their phones and receive monthly updates detailing accrued profits. And constantly gave progress reports to State Welfare Boards on performance of the scheme. If the scheme lacked transparency as alleged, information on the customer base or funds gathered would not have been known to the public, Fatima said.

The statement also debunks the allegation that NAHCON is dipping its hand into the fund, and revealed that the HSS is safely under the custody of Ja’iz Bank. It disclosed, for two years that Hajj did not take place, pilgrims’ Hajj fare deposits have been in the coffers of most State Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards/Agencies/Commissions. Equally, the remittances from other states totaling N3,583,243,940.00 was safely kept in the Central Bank of Nigeria until early this year when the amount was finally returned to the respective states.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) is an open book that is willing and ready to submit itself to public scrutiny. The commission therefore makes bold to invite the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to investigate operation of the Hajj Savings Scheme to absolve it of any allegations as well as to investigate management of pilgrims’ funds under each Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards of the federation.

Additionally, NAHCON supports and welcomes the investigation by the House Committee on Pilgrimage.

Fraud Allegation: Hajj Commission Not Guilty
… Calls EFCC To Investigate

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