By Mikail Mumuni
The Senate on Thursday confirmed the nomination of Barrister ( Ustaz) Zikrullah Olakunle Hassan by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
- Barrister Hassan on Wednesday at the Senate screening*
Also confirmed were the other nominees into the Board of the Commission.
- New Chairman/CEO of NAHCON and other members of the Board *
They were all screened on Wednesday by the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs led by Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa.
They were confirmed by the Senate after the presentation and consideration of the report of the Committee.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his remarks congratulating the nominees, called on the Commission to reduce the cost associated with partaking in annual Hajj rites.
“Let me also congratulate those who are being confirmed. The Hajj Commission is waiting for them to kickstart the process of this year’s Hajj.
“They have to hit the ground running, they have no time to waste.
“We are praying that the Commission is able to do that because the cost of Hajj fare has been on the high side, and therefore, we are praying that this year’s Hajj will be cheaper than previous rates,” Lawan said.
Apart from the NAHCON Chairman/CEO, other nominees into the Commission confirmed 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 .
Those to serve as part time members are Halimat Jibril from Niger State, Abba Jatto from Borno State , Garba Umar from Sokoto State and Ibrahim Ogbonnia Amah from Ebonyi State . Sadiq Musa from Delta State , Akintunde Basirat Olayinka from Ogun State, Shehu Dogo as representative of Ministry of Aviation and Nura Abba Rimi as representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs . 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).
Others are Dr. Bala Muhammad as the representative of Jama’atul Nasril Islam and Yusuf Chinedozi Nwoha as representative of the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs
Ustaz Zikrullah Kunle Hassan is coming on board with rich and intimidating academic and Islamic activities credentials in addition to on-the-job experience in Hajj Operations.
His letter of nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, to Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, was dated 28th, November, 2019, and stamped as received on 3rd, December, 2019.
Born on 26, June, 1961, the Osun State born NAHCON Chairman designate speaks Yoruba, Arabic and English.
Ustaz Hassan who holds a BSc degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos, LLB from the Lagos State University and BL from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, was Chairman/Amir Hajj of Osun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (2010-2018); Senior Special Assistant to the Osun State Governor on Religious Affairs Affairs, (2010-2018); Principal Counsel, Olakunle Hassan & Associates (2006-2010) and Chief Executive, Tafsan Tours &Travels, (Official Hajj &Umrah Operator of Nasirullahi Fathi Society of Nigeria- NASFAT)
He is also the Chairman, Board of Trustees of FAJR Centre ( A standardized Centre for Memorization and Teaching of Islam & Arabic ) from 2019 till date and was Chairman, Forum of State Chairmen and Secretaries of Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board Agency between 2014 and 2017 and currently the Director of Dawah (Islamic Propagation) of The Companion ( An Association of Muslim Men in Business and the Professions since 2004.
The NAHCON Chairman/CEO was Amir, Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos Area Unit 1984- 1986; National President, MSSN 1986-1988; Secretary, Africa Secretariat of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) 1986-1990; Member of the Committee of Ulama of Lagos State Pilgrim Welfare Board Hajj Exercise, 2000-2002; Amir, The Companion, Lagos District 2004-2006 and Executive Secretary, NASFAT 2004-2006.
A member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ustaz Hassan who is happily married with children has attended several conferences and seminars on Hajj in London and Malaysia and has won several awards from NAHCON for the Osun State Pilgrims Welfare Board.