The Chairman/CEO, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, has said that a hastened digital switch was the surest way to keep abreast with Saudi Arabia and all NAHCON’s operations.
Alhaji Hassan stated this during a courtesy visit to National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, to show appreciation and consolidation the partnership.
The chairman who was accompanied by Commissioner Planning, Research, Information, Statistics and Library Services (PRSILS), Sheikh Suleiman Momoh, and other management staff was received by the Director General (DG) of the agency, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa.
Alhaji Kunle Hassan disclosed that the visit was to thank NITDA for its role in the Commission’s digital transformation agenda, a rapport that has already produced an approved transformation plan set for execution.
He emphasised the relevance of digital switch to NAHCON being a parastatal that transacts with Saudi Arabia, a country well advanced in digital technology, and one that consistently invests in it for welfare of pilgrims.
The NAHCON Chairman solicited NITDA’s assistance in establishing an e-library/e-learning centre in the Commission, reminding the agency of NAHCON’s earlier invitation to NITDA to partner with it in the Commission’s staff capacity building.
He explained that NAHCON is moving towards financial autonomy therefore expanding its revenue generating channels. Some of the channels identified by the Commission are through digitalization, professionalization of Hajj and the Hajj Savings Scheme, commending the agency for its physical transformation.
Reacting, the NITDA DG, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa appreciated the NAHCON Chairman’s kind words on its structural advancement and emphasised the relevance of innovation for an organization to stay alive.
On the area of capacity building, the DG, affirmed that the agency is already working on a plan and a curriculum, promising that NAHCON will be included in its next training schedule. He equally promised to support the Commission more in realisation of its digital agenda and in setting up the e-library.
NITDA will collaborate with NAHCON’s ICT unit in developing implementation strategies for its digital drive, as well as partner the Commission’s library in going electronic.
Meanwhile, NAHCON Chairman, on the Thursday 5th November 2020 also visited the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission to enhance private sector partnership in its Hajj Development levy Projects and other activities.