President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mallam Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan as the new chairman of National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) and 15 other as members of the commission. Their appointments were received by the Senate for confirmation, in a letter addressed to the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read in plenary, yesterday.
Hassan’s appointment follows the end of the tenure of the former executive chairman of the commission, Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad.
The names of the other appointees listed in the letter to the Senate, dated November 28, 2019, for confirmation include Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa from Bauchi State as executive commissioner, Operations, Inspection and Licensing, Nura Hassan Yakasai from Kano State as executive commissioner, Policy, Personnel Management and Finance and Sheikh Momoh Suleman Imonikhe from Edo State as executive commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library.
The part-time members are of the commission are: Halimat Jibril, Niger State, North Central; Abba Jato, Borno State, North East; Garba Umar, Sokoto State, North West; Ibrahim Ogbonnia Amah, Ebonyi State, South East; Sadiq Oniyesaneyene Musa, Delta State, South South, and Akintunde Basirat Olayinka, Ogun State, South West.
Representatives of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) are: Shehu Dogo, Ministry of Aviation; Nura Abba Rimi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Rabi Bello Isa, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Zainab Ujudud Sherrif, Ministry of Health; Aminu Bako Yarima, Nigeria Immigration Service, and Ibrahim Ishaq Nuhu, Central Bank of Nigeria.
President Buhari in the letter added that names of representatives of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, will be sent to the Senate for similar appointment confirmation as soon as the ongoing consultations to that effect are concluded.
“Pursuant to Section 3(2) of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) Act, 2006, I am pleased to forward for confirmation by the Senate the undercoated names of nominees for the positions of Chairman and Members of the National Hajj Commission.
“The Senate may wish to note that the names of the representatives of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs will be sent to the Senate, subsequently, once the ongoing consultations are concluded,” PBM stated in the letter.