NAHCON establishes training, research institute for employees
The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has established the Hajj Institute of Nigeria to train and certify all employees in the Nigerian Hajj and Umrah sector.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, made the disclosure at the opening of the institute at Hajj House in Abuja, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Hassan noted that the establishment of the institute would improve the quality of manpower in the hajj and umrah sector and enable the country to be at par with global industry standards.
Alhaji Hassan said that the institute would provide an avenue for skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development of youths and be a reference point globally for hajj and umrah training.
He also said that the institute would play a key role in exploring the economic potential abound in the sector which businesses and teeming youths could explore.
”I am confident that the institute will play a critical role in ensuring that Nigeria reaches and remains at the forefront of excellence in the global Hajj and Umrah industry.
”You will agree with me that the world is rapidly advancing in technology and it has become imperative that NAHCON keeps pace with these global trends.
”In view of this, it has become necessary for us to refocus our strategies and embrace the latest advancements in ICT.
The Saudi Vision 2030, which all Hajj entities across the globe need to align to, has placed a high premium on excellent pilgrims’ services driven by ICT.
” It is for this reason that the Hajj Institute of Nigeria will provide a platform for training and research on various aspects of hajj and umrah, including the use of technology to improve our operations and services.”
” Therefore, the birth of the institute marks the commencement of academic activities which will serve as an added impetus to NAHCON’s quest for a sustainable hajj management system in Nigeria.
”We recognise the economic potentials of hajj and umrah and it is time for us to leverage these opportunities and make them significant contributors to Nigeria’s economy.
The chairman disclosed that the 4th board of the commission had chosen to be the pioneer students of the institute not only because of its confidence in the quality of the programmes but to also commence the process of taking Hajj and Umrah to the next level from the very top.
”It is my strong belief that I and my colleagues on the board will emerge from this programme more educated and better prepared to steer the affairs of Hajj in Nigeria.”
He revealed that subsequently, more programmes will be rolled out for the different hajj and umrah stakeholders in the public and private sectors.