The new Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Mr Zhikirullah Hassan, has pledged to improve Nigeria’s Hajj administration to meet global standard.
Hassan made the pledge shortly after he took over the mantle of leadership of the commission on Thursday in Abuja.
” Today, I stand before you to make a solemn pledge to continue the never ending journey to improve, elevate and uplift hajj administration in Nigeria.
” We resolved to continue the journey to make NAHCON a global brand and the journey will not be complete until we find a better way that our pilgrims must not have to wait and spend longer days in Saudi Arabia or boarding the aircraft,” he said.
Hassan pledged to ensure training and welfare of staff to achieve efficiency in service delivery to meet up with target.
” I want to pledge our commitment to your welfare by giving your rights and privileges without discrimination or bias.
” We intend to pursue the upscale capacity building through training and retraining of every category of staff to the new trends and development in hajj training institutes,” he said
Hassan expressed confidence that the commission would achieve the desired goal through hard work, determination and dedication.
He expressed the need to diversify and create means of generating revenue for the commission with a view to further enhance its operations and reduce the cost of Hajj to Nigerian pilgrims.
In his farewell speech, former chairman of NAHCON, Mr Abdullahi Muhammad, thanked the Federal Government for giving him conducive atmosphere to operate.
Muhammad, however, advised the new chairman to be wary of saboteurs who always pursued their personal interest against the interest of Nigeria.
He prayed to God to grant the new management board wisdom to succeed in the task of delivering efficient and effective Hajj administration in Nigeria.
The outgoing chairman also used the occasion to hand over some documents of executed and ongoing projects embarked upon by the commission.
He expressed confidence in the ability of the incoming board members to achieve the desired objectives of the commission.
Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Ali Baba-Inuwahttps://nnn.ng/new-nahcon-chairman-pledges-to-improve-hajj-administration-in-nigeria/
Re-election: PDP South Africa chapter congratulates Obaseki
The executive committee and entire members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South Africa Chapter, have joined other Nigerians in congratulating the re-elected Governor of Edo, Mr Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu.
“The PDP South Africa sends you our hearty congratulations on your resounding success in the just-concluded gubernatorial elections in your state,’’ it said on Monday in Lagos in a congratulatory message jointly signed by the Chairman Mr Ekos Akpokabayen and Secretary, Dr Emeka Ugwu.
“Your dogged fight, amid several odds, before and during the election is well appreciated and equally worth emulating.
“You have demonstrated in unequivocal terms the unflinching spirit of many good leaders,’’ the party said in the message emailed to the News Agency of Nigeria .
It said that the party’s chapter had no doubt that you would continue to deliver the much needed dividends of democracy to the people of Edo, adding the he should be rest assured of their continued support to his leadership.
It added that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deepened Nigeria’s democracy by providing a level playing ground for the contestants.
Obaseki polled 307,955 votes to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who scored 223,619.
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Emir of Zazzau, a man of intelligence, astuteness-Minister
The Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, has described the late Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna State, Alhaji Shehu Idris, as an intelligent and astute man who ruled with fears of God.
This is contained in a statement by his media aide, Mr Dayo Joseph, on Monday in Akure.
Alasoadura, who said he received the news of the death of the revered monarch with shock, noted that the late emir’s immense contributions to peace and development of Kaduna State and Nigeria in general would be greatly missed.
“It is with shock that I received the news of the demise of the revered traditional monarch and a statesman who stood for peace, progress and unity of the country.
“Emir of Zazzau ruled the good people of Zazzau with immense intelligence, astuteness and dedication.
“He will be sorely missed by everyone,” Alasoadura said.
The minister prayed that Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort the family he left behind.
Idris died on Sunday at the age of 84, after ruling the Zazzau Emirate for 45 years.
Group lauds Buhari on Edo Governorship poll
The Southern Nigeria Peoples Mandate (SNPM), a political pressure group, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for ensuring hitch-free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo.
Mr Augustine Chukwudum, President of the group, made the commendation while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Monday.
“We commend our amiable President for allowing the election to be free, fair and credible. This shows that the President is a democrat that every Nigerian must be proud of.
“This was not the case when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was at the helm of affairs of the Federal Government between 2003 to 2009.
“We are asking PDP at national level to thank the President for providing level playing ground for all candidates at the election, ” Chukwudum said.
He, however, congratulated Gov. Godwin Obaseki on his re-election for a second term in office, adding that it was a victory well deserved after a keenly contested election.
“It is widely evident that the governor performed very well for the people of Edo in the past three years.
“SNPM call on Obaseki to see his victory as divine mandate to improve on infrastructure in all communities in the state.
“Once more, we congratulate him and pray that the will of God would continue to shine in Edo,’’ he added.
MURIC mourns Emir of Zazzau
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday expressed grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, who passed on at the age of 84, in Kaduna.
MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement, also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Governor of Kaduna State over the death.
“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening.
“We commiserate with our leader, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
“Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria.
“Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.
He added that the late Emir Shehu Idris was a diligent, pious and patriotic Nigerian.
He noted that his patience could melt Mount Everest.
“He once ordered his convoy to turn back and find another route instead of telling the police to attack a Shiite procession that refused to allow his convoy to drive past.
“May Almighty Allah overlook his shortcomings and grant him a lofty place in Al-Jannah Firdaus. May Allah give the family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he prayed.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the remains of the late Emir was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5. 35p.m. in accordance with Islamic rites.
In attendance were Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitary, among others.
NAN reports that the monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36, following the demise of Alhaji Muhammadu Aminu, the 17th Emir of Zazzau.
He attended Katsina Training College and taught at Hunkuyi.
He served as private secretary to the Sarkin Zazzau, Muhammadu Aminu.
He became the secretary of the Zaria Native Authority Council in 1965, took the title of Dan Madamin Zaria and became the district head of Zaria and Kewaye in 1973.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza