Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organization that monitors and reports hajj/umrah activities in Nigeria will on 18th April, honour Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state as the 2018 Hajj Governor of the year.
A statement jointly signed by its national coordinator Ibrahim Muhammed and the Planning Committee Organising Secretary, Mallam Garba Muhammad said the event is meant to show appreciation to those who contributed to the tremendous achievements recorded in hajj exercise in the past few years.
“The annual hajj excellence award is created to recognize and reward individuals and organizations who excelled in the course of Hajj exercise.
“It is also to show gratitude for services well rendered to the pilgrims and to make hajj stakeholders, service providers, and administrators to be aware that efforts will be rewarded which will then be beneficial to our pilgrims,” the statement said.
The civil society also said that it has earlier constituted a screening committee to collate performance of state muslim pilgrims welfare boards with emphasis on the responses of state governors to hajj and hajj related memos to requests made by their respective states muslim pilgrims welfare boards before, during and after 2018 hajj exercise.
The outcome of the screening committee shows that His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello has accorded top priority to hajj issues.
The governor always attends to Hajj matter speedily.
The award will be conferred on Governor Yahaya Bello on 18th of April 2018 at Stone hedge hotel in Abuja.
The Nigerian Hajj & Umrah Excellence Awards was launched in 2017.
The maiden edition of 2017 also had a public presentation of hajj reporter’s website, a groundbreaker in delivering hajj related content.
The 2018 Excellence Awards is set to encompass a much wider recognition of service providers from Government agencies, Airliners, hoteliers and catering companies.