The Seyi Makinde-led Administration of Oyo State has announced its readiness to kick start the State’s Hajj Savings Scheme on Thursday 28th January 2021 to afford indigent Muslim perform the yearly hajj without the associated fear of finances.
The Chairman of Oyo State Muslim Pilgrimage Board, Prof. Sayeed Malik made this known while speaking with journalists about the 2021 pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia over the weekend at Ibadan.
He said that the Hajj Savings scheme will help Muslims in the state achieve their religious dreams of performing the once-in-a-lifetime mandated pilgrimage to the holy land of Mecca under the auspices of the Oyo state Muslim Pilgrimage Board without difficulties.
He further explained that this will be achieved over a five-year contribution window for beneficiaries of the scheme.
He hinted that the intervention scheme will be controlled by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Oyo State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board and the Ja’iz Bank.
He said, “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.”
“The participants which will be dominantly the less-privileged Muslims will have a five-year contribution window to be eligible to benefit from the scheme and fulfil their dream of performing the last pillar of the Islamic faith.”
Prof. Malik added that the unveiling will be done by the State Governor which 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.