President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan as the new chairman of National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).
The appointment was received by Senate for confirmation via a letter addressed to the president of Senate, Mr Ahmad Lawan and read in plenary Tuesday.
Mr 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 Momoh Suleman Imonikhe from Edo State as Executive Commissioner – Planning , Research, Statistics, Information and Library.
The nominees to serve as part-time members are Mrs Halimat Jibril, Niger State; Abba Jatto, Borno State; Garba Umar, Sokoto State; and Ibrahim Ogbonnia Amah, Ebonyi State.
Others are Sadiq Musa, Delta State; Mrs Akintunde Basirat Olayinka, Ogun State; Shehu Dogo, representative of Ministry of Aviation; and Nura Abba Rimi, representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Others are Rabi Bello Isa, representative of Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Mrs Zainab Sherrif, representative of Ministry of Health; Aminu Bako Yarima, representative of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); and Ibrahim Ishaq Nuhu, representative of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
The president, in the letter, added that names of representatives of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), will be sent to Senate for confirmation as soon as the ongoing consultations are concluded.
If confirmed by Senate, Olakunle Hassan will be replacing Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad from Kaduna State as chairman of the commission.