President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mallam Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan as the new chairman of the National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).
The appointment was received by the Senate for confirmation via a letter addressed to the president of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and read in plenary Tuesday.
President Buhari, in the letter dated November 28, 2019 titled ‘Appointment of Chairman and members of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON)’, anchored the appointments on Section 3(2) of the Commission’s Establishment Act 2006.
Other nominees into the commission as contained in the letter are Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa from Bauchi State as Executive Commissioner – Operation, 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 nominees to serve as part-time members are Halimat Jibril ( Mrs) from Niger State, Abba Jatto from Borno State, Garba Umar from Sokoto State and Ibrahim Ogbonnia Amah from Ebonyi State.
Others are Sadiq Musa from Delta State, Akintunde Basirat Olayinka (Mrs) from Ogun State, Shehu Dogo as representative of Ministry of Aviation and Nura Abba Rimi as representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Others are Rabi Bello Isa as representative of Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Sherrif as representative of Ministry of Health, Aminu Bako Yarima as representative of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Ibrahim Ishaq Nuhu as representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The president, in the letter, added that names of representatives of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), will be sent to the Senate for confirmation as soon as the ongoing consultations are concluded.
If confirmed by the Senate, Olakunle Hassan will be replacing Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad from Kaduna State as chairman of the commission.
Meanwhile, NAHCON workers yesterday expressed mixed feelings over the announcement of the nomination of a new chairman and other board members of the commission.
Until his nomination, Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan, a lawyer and the NAHCON Chairman designate awaiting confirmation by the Senate is the Chairman of Osun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board who also doubled as Amir-ul-Hajj of the state.
When Daily Trust visited the new NAHCON Headquarters at the Metro Plaza in Abuja, workers spoken to expressed mixed feelings over the development.
Majority of those who spoke praised the outgoing Chairman, Mallam Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar for the achievements during his tenure.
Some however said they were happy the controversies surrounding his tenure extension had ended.
Daily Trust reports that Mukhtar arrived his office exactly 2.30pm yesterday and later in the afternoon held a meeting with the management team of the commission.
The development is coming on the heels of the call by some Nigerians including the Director and CEO of ITEC Consultancy Services, Mallam Abdulwakeel A. Abdulwahab, who urged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, appoint a new board for NAHCON following the expiration of the tenure of the incumbent Chairman and board members of the commission.
Mallam Abdulwahab made the call at the 28th National, State, Local Governments and other HAJJ Stakeholders Conference in Abuja.