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The House of Representatives has resolved to direct the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), to suspend the implementation Hajj Savings Scheme.

This was sequel to a motion by Aminu Ashiru-Mani (APC, Katsina), on the urgent need to investigate the Hajj Savings Scheme.

The lawmakers note that the scheme was established in 2006 for intending Muslim pilgrims to save towards performing the Hajj.

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They also stated that within two years of NAHCON’S partnership with Jaiz Bank to assist intending pilgrims to save under the scheme, the customer base hit over four thousand with one billion naira savings in the account.

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The House further expressed concern that there is an alleged lack of transparency and accountability in the savings scheme.

It also stressed that if not tackled, it would lead to corruption in the system and disregard for the extant law.

Contributing to the debate, Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase (APC, Plateau) explained that for more than two years, intending pilgrims have been contributing to the scheme but were unable to perform the Hajj due to COVID-19.

Wase also disclosed that against their own Act, the Hajj Commission is dipping into the funds.

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Adopting the motion, the house mandated its committee on pilgrims affairs to investigate the Hajj Savings Scheme.

The motion was unanimously adopted when put to a voice vote.

The House also mandated the Committee on Hajj to review the entire agreement between NAHCON and Jaiz Bank and report back to the House within two weeks.

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