By Noah Aderoju
The Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, has revealed plans for the take-off of the Hajj Institute of Nigeria in the next three months. Alhaji Hassan stated this at the 25th-anniversary ceremony of LibraGold, a foremost Nigeria Hajj and Umrah Tours operator. According to the chairman, the establishment of the institute is out of concern that Hajj operations will no longer be the same due to the pandemic that has caused a disruption n the business. The institute is to facilitate training and imparting people with adequate knowledge about the Hajj institution as ordained by Allah and to educate the operators on the rules and operational guidelines evolving yearly. In addition, the institute will improve the involvement of the youth in the business of the Hajj in Nigeria.Alhaji Hassan mentioned that the Saudi Arabia government is planning to ultimately increase the number of pilgrims to 4.5million pilgrims yearly to meet the mission 2030 goal of the kingdom. The LibraGold group’s chairman, Senator Ridwan Akanbi, joined guests, the returned pilgrims and the Management of the company to thank Allah for His mercies on the staff and operations of the company. He expressed his appreciation to the customers for their patronage and trust in the company. Ridwan Akanbi stressed that for a company to be successful in Travel and Tours operations, the customers are important because having the required capital in the travel and tours industry is not enough. The pilgrims who travelled with the company were, presented with certificates that affirmed successful participation in the just concluded 1143 A.H Hajj. The Managing Director of LibraGold, Alhaja Zikrah, noted that the certificate presentation is a unique custom of the company and is usually done in the month of Muharram to simultaneously welcome the pilgrims and celebrate the Hijrah new year with the new guests of Allah.