Come up with solutions that will satisfy Nigerian pilgrims, Shettima tells new NAHCON management

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… We will ensure pilgrims get value for their money- Arabi assures,

…thanks President, Vice President for giving him the opportunity

The Vice President, Sen. Kashim Shettima has called on newly inaugurated board members of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to be innovative, resilience and ready to face challenges in the course of carrying out their official assignments.

The Vice President disclosed this on Wednesday (February 28, 2024) while inaugurating the board in his office, Abuja, urging them to be guided with the principles of the Commission and speak with one voice so as to achieve the desired result. 

“As usual, you will encounter a lot of challenges but I will urge you to fuse into a single force and achieve our desired result. I will urge you to wear your thinking caps and come up with robust solutions that will satisfy Nigerian pilgrims.

“It is a very tough assignment; this is the nature of pilgrimage. But I want you to have it at the back of your minds that you are rendering service to God and humanity,” he added.

This was contained in a statement signed  by the Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media & Communications (Office of The Vice President), Stanley Nkwocha, and made available to newsmen in the country. 

The Vice President also urged the new board members to improve on the Hajj Savings Scheme to boost the number of pilgrims participating in the exercise across the country.

“There are States that have become success stories in the Hajj Savings Scheme, and there is a need for greater advocacy so that this scheme can be replicated across the country.”

He further challenged the board to “engage our agents and operations partners to foster a longer-term relationship so that they can make significant capital investment in operations in the holy land.”

The country number two citizen equally called on the new management to introduce innovations in hajj operations and bring fresh perspectives to the operations of the commission.

“For you, beyond your appointment, it is a win-win situation because if you serve the pilgrims well, almighty Allah will compensate you in the hereafter. So, it is more of a religious duty than an administrative function,” the VP emphasized” he said.  

Speaking further about the composition of the new board and the task ahead of them, Sen. Shettima said, “The president deliberately picked people with diverse backgrounds and untainted by the past so that they can bring fresh perspectives and innovations to Hajj operations in Nigeria and also interrogate the management structure of the organisation and bring out the best from the staff.”

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the new board, Malam Jalal Arabi, thanked the President and Vice President for finding them worthy of service to the nation through the NAHCON board.

He said given the importance of the task ahead of them, the new board would work as a team to improve Hajj operations in Nigeria, assuring that pilgrims will get value for their money.

The NAHCON CEO said his team has already commenced work with a visit to Saudi Arabia to inspect facilities ahead of the forthcoming operations.

The newly constituted board comprises Aliu Abdulrazaq (Commissioner, Policy, Personnel, & Finance), Prince Anofi Elegushi (Commissioner, Operations), and Professor Abubakar A. Yagawal (Commissioner, Planning & Research).

The zonal and stakeholder representatives include Dr. Muhammad Umaru Ndagi — North Central; Abba Jato Kala — North East; Sheikh Muhammad Bin Othman — North West; Tajudeen Oladejo Abefe — South West; Aishat Obi Ahmed — South East; Zainab Musa — South South; Professor Musa Inuwa Fodio — Jama’atul Nasril Islam, and Professor Adedimeji Mahfouz Adebola — Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs.

Also, present at the event were the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Muhammad Ali Pate; Ministers of Aviation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, and Interior, Mr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.


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