‘How Nige­ria can sur­mount low hajj pa­tron­age’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Comerel Trav­els and Tours Limited, Us­taz Abubakr Sid­deeq Muham­mad, said di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the na­tion’s econ­omy from pre­dom­i­nant oil will in­crease the num­ber of in­tend­ing pil­grims to per­form the hajj pil­grim­age to Saudi Ara­bia.

He told Daily Trust yes­ter­day on tele­phone dur­ing the 12th Hajj In­duc­tion 2018 course for in­tend­ing pil­grims of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in Abuja, that the low pa­tron­age was due to the na­tion’s state of the econ­omy.

He said “In the life of ev­ery busi­ness, there is usu­ally a mo­ment when you ex­pe­ri­ence low pa­tron­age as we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this year. This does not how­ever re­duce our stan­dard that we are known for. NAHCON has been very sup­port­ive to us and oth­ers. One of the ways to en­sure the re­turn of high pa­tron­age is the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the na­tion’s econ­omy from re­ly­ing on oil alone.

“Pri­vate busi­nesses should be fur­ther en­cour­aged to help the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

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