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  •  The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi the Director of Administration and Human Resources NAHCON Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj According to him the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world There is no all encompassing formula for successful hajj operation This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference scientific explorations conference on Hajj paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance he said Hassan who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme Heroes of 2022 Hajj congratulated them for successfully hosting the event According to him NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria Earlier the National Coordinator Independent Hajj Reporters Mr Ibrahim Muhammed appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre requisite experience capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations According to him Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims Muhammed who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim centric in their activities expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims This is not a celebration of Hajj services rather it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID 19 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others SSI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj
     The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer NAHCON Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi the Director of Administration and Human Resources NAHCON Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj According to him the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world There is no all encompassing formula for successful hajj operation This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference scientific explorations conference on Hajj paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance he said Hassan who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme Heroes of 2022 Hajj congratulated them for successfully hosting the event According to him NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria Earlier the National Coordinator Independent Hajj Reporters Mr Ibrahim Muhammed appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre requisite experience capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations According to him Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims Muhammed who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim centric in their activities expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims This is not a celebration of Hajj services rather it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID 19 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others SSI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj
    General news3 months ago

    NAHCON begins preparations for 2023 Hajj

    The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) says it has commenced preparations for the 2023 Hajj, toward a successful Holy Pilgrimage.

    The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NAHCON, Alhaji Zikrullah Hassan, said this at the Independent Hajj Reporters’ 2022 Hajj held at National Mosque Auditorium on Thursday in Abuja.

    Represented by Dr Ibrahim Sodangi, the Director of Administration and Human Resources, NAHCON, Hassan said that the preparations started at the end of the 2022 Hajj, even before departure from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    He said that the commission held preparatory meeting with accommodation providers in order to secure befitting accommodation for the 2023 pilgrims.

    The NAHCON boss said that the commission plans to organise an international conference with resource persons from different parts of the world to further brainstorm toward successful Hajj. According to him, the conference will avail the commission the opportunity to brainstorm and learn from Hajj veterans from across the world.

    “There is no all-encompassing formula for successful hajj operation.

    This is reason why we all must put our heads together and proffer suggestions on how to move Hajj industry to greater heights.

    “Saudi Arabia that plays hosts to global Hajj contingents is constantly striving to improve Hajj through innovations and reviews of policies that allow it to adjust to current realities.

    “That is why the holy city is constantly hosting technological conference, scientific explorations, conference on Hajj, paper presentations on Hajj administration and performance,” he said.

    Hassan, who commended the independent Hajj reporters for organising the 2022 Hajj Awards with the theme,” Heroes of 2022 Hajj, congratulated them for successfully hosting the event.

    According to him, NAHCON encourages productive gatherings that will boast knowledge enhance smooth Hajj operation in Nigeria.

    Earlier, the National Coordinator, Independent Hajj Reporters, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to ensure that people with pre-requisite experience, capacity and integrity were appointed to head Hajj organisations.

    According to him, Hajj operation is an international event attended by 165 countries and whatever image the country present is viewed with diplomatic lens.

    He said that the essence of establishing States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and NAHCON was about the welfare of Nigerian pilgrims.

    Muhammed, who assured that Hajj reporters would continue to be pilgrim-centric in their activities, expressed concern over the gradual shifting of centre of discussion from the very vital fulcrum of Hajj operation.

    “We are here today to recognize those who surmounted the unprecedented challenges of 2022 Hajj and rendered excellent services to our dear pilgrims.

    “This is not a celebration of Hajj services, rather, it is to show appreciation to those who excelled in spite of the daunting operational challenge witnessed in 2022 Hajj. “Independent Hajj reporters selection criteria for this year’s awardees were not entirely based on the conduct of 2022 hajj alone, rather it included a timeline of how states Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards executives handled Hajj activities during COVID-19. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the highpoint of the event was presentation of awards of Best in welfare of pilgrims to Nasarawa State.

    The award of best in Hajj Camp to Bauchi state, excellent coordination goes to Ogun state and most disciplined state pilgrim board award goes to Niger State among others.

    SSI
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC says the commission is ready to strengthen collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC in tackling illegal mining and non payment of royalties by miners in Kwara The Zonal Commander Ilorin Zonal Command of the commission Mr Michael Nzekwe said this in Ilorin on Friday when he received the commandant of the NSCDC Mr Ibrahim Muhammed Nzekwe said that the NSCDC was a strategic partner in the fight against corruption saying it is part of their responsibility to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generate revenue He expressed delight over the cordial relationship between the commission and the corps particularly the recent deployment of some of the personnel of the corps to assist the commission in guarding some of its forfeited assets spread across the three states under the command One of the critical areas that we will want to seek your collaboration is in the area of illegal mining As agencies of government part of our responsibilities is to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generates revenue for the wellbeing of its citizenry We cannot sit back and watch people divert or pilfer what is meant for government to personal use The law made it compulsory for miners to pay royalties to the Federal Government The federal government is losing a lot to activities of the illegal miners not only in Kwara but in the nation generally If due processes are followed and royalties are paid not only will the federal government benefit the state government is equally entitled to 13 per cent derivation of the royalty paid to cater for and to its people Nzekwe said He described the refusal of some of the miners to pay royalties as economy sabotage saying that the agency will torchlight the activities of the illegal miners in Kwara Ekiti and Kogi States which are under zonal command with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice Responding the Kwara NSCDC boss commended EFCC for promoting inter agency synergy in the fight against corruption According to Muhammed the visit is part of familiarisation with military and para military formations following his recent transfer to Kwara While also calling for further ties between the EFCC and the NSCDC he said the collaboration became imperative as no agency can do it alone he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal Mining: EFCC partners NSCDC on non-payment of royalties
     The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC says the commission is ready to strengthen collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC in tackling illegal mining and non payment of royalties by miners in Kwara The Zonal Commander Ilorin Zonal Command of the commission Mr Michael Nzekwe said this in Ilorin on Friday when he received the commandant of the NSCDC Mr Ibrahim Muhammed Nzekwe said that the NSCDC was a strategic partner in the fight against corruption saying it is part of their responsibility to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generate revenue He expressed delight over the cordial relationship between the commission and the corps particularly the recent deployment of some of the personnel of the corps to assist the commission in guarding some of its forfeited assets spread across the three states under the command One of the critical areas that we will want to seek your collaboration is in the area of illegal mining As agencies of government part of our responsibilities is to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generates revenue for the wellbeing of its citizenry We cannot sit back and watch people divert or pilfer what is meant for government to personal use The law made it compulsory for miners to pay royalties to the Federal Government The federal government is losing a lot to activities of the illegal miners not only in Kwara but in the nation generally If due processes are followed and royalties are paid not only will the federal government benefit the state government is equally entitled to 13 per cent derivation of the royalty paid to cater for and to its people Nzekwe said He described the refusal of some of the miners to pay royalties as economy sabotage saying that the agency will torchlight the activities of the illegal miners in Kwara Ekiti and Kogi States which are under zonal command with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice Responding the Kwara NSCDC boss commended EFCC for promoting inter agency synergy in the fight against corruption According to Muhammed the visit is part of familiarisation with military and para military formations following his recent transfer to Kwara While also calling for further ties between the EFCC and the NSCDC he said the collaboration became imperative as no agency can do it alone he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Illegal Mining: EFCC partners NSCDC on non-payment of royalties
    Defence/Security3 months ago

    Illegal Mining: EFCC partners NSCDC on non-payment of royalties

    The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says the commission is ready to strengthen collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in tackling illegal mining and non-payment of royalties by miners in Kwara.

    The Zonal Commander, Ilorin Zonal Command of the commission, Mr Michael Nzekwe, said this in Ilorin on Friday when he received the commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed.

    Nzekwe said that the NSCDC was a strategic partner in the fight against corruption, saying it is part of their responsibility to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generate revenue.

    He expressed delight over the cordial relationship between the commission and the corps, particularly the recent deployment of some of the personnel of the corps to assist the commission in guarding some of its forfeited assets spread across the three states under the command.

    “One of the critical areas that we will want to seek your collaboration is in the area of illegal mining.

    As agencies of government, part of our responsibilities is to check corruption and preserve sources through which government generates revenue for the wellbeing of its citizenry.

    “We cannot sit back and watch people divert or pilfer what is meant for government to personal use.

    “The law made it compulsory for miners to pay royalties to the Federal Government.

    The federal government is losing a lot to activities of the illegal miners not only in Kwara but in the nation generally.

    “If due processes are followed and royalties are paid, not only will the federal government benefit, the state government is equally entitled to 13 per cent derivation of the royalty paid, to cater for and to its people,” Nzekwe said.

    He described the refusal of some of the miners to pay royalties as “economy sabotage”, saying that the agency will torchlight the activities of the illegal miners in Kwara, Ekiti and Kogi States, which are under zonal command, with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice.

    Responding, the Kwara NSCDC boss, commended EFCC for promoting inter-agency synergy in the fight against corruption.

    According to Muhammed, the visit is part of familiarisation with military and para-military formations following his recent transfer to Kwara.

    While also calling for further ties between the EFCC and the NSCDC, he said the collaboration became imperative as “no agency can do it alone”, he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  CondolenceAbuja Nov 1 2020 Independent Hajj Reporters IHR a Civil Society Organisation that reports and monitors Hajj activities has expressed sadness over the death of the Acting President Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria AHUON Alhaji Salisu Butu National Coordinator of the reporters Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed in a statement on Sunday in Abuja described the news as shocking The statement said that Butu who died in Abuja on Friday possessed great attributes of a leader who knew and appreciated the role of the media in the Hajj Industry It commiserated with the executive members of the association its members the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and all stakeholders in the Muslim pilgrimage industry over the passing of Butu Muhammed also condoled with the family of Butu and prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his short comings and grant him eternal rest
    CSO condoles Hajj operators over loss of president
     CondolenceAbuja Nov 1 2020 Independent Hajj Reporters IHR a Civil Society Organisation that reports and monitors Hajj activities has expressed sadness over the death of the Acting President Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria AHUON Alhaji Salisu Butu National Coordinator of the reporters Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed in a statement on Sunday in Abuja described the news as shocking The statement said that Butu who died in Abuja on Friday possessed great attributes of a leader who knew and appreciated the role of the media in the Hajj Industry It commiserated with the executive members of the association its members the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria NAHCON States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and all stakeholders in the Muslim pilgrimage industry over the passing of Butu Muhammed also condoled with the family of Butu and prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his short comings and grant him eternal rest
    CSO condoles Hajj operators over loss of president
    Metro2 years ago

    CSO condoles Hajj operators over loss of president

    Condolence

    Abuja, Nov. 1, 2020 Independent Hajj Reporters(IHR), a Civil Society Organisation that reports and monitors Hajj activities, has expressed sadness over the death of the Acting President, Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON), Alhaji Salisu Butu.

    National Coordinator of the reporters, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammed, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja described  the news as “shocking “.

    The statement said that Butu, who died in Abuja on Friday, possessed great attributes of a leader who knew and appreciated the role of the media in the Hajj Industry.

    It commiserated with the executive members of the association, its members, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), States Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards and all  stakeholders in the Muslim pilgrimage industry over the passing of Butu.

    Muhammed also condoled with the family of Butu and prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his short comings and grant him eternal rest.

  •  A Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates Court Abuja on Monday sentenced a househelp Simon Jerry to one year in prison for stealing a mobile phone valued at N264 000 from his boss Jerry who resides at One Man Village Nasarawa State was sentenced on a count charge of theft an offence he admitted committing The Chief Magistrate Mr Ibrahim Muhammed however gave the convict an option of N20 000 fine and another N95 000 as compensation for the stolen phone He further ordered that the convict would serve another one year sentence which would run concurrently if he failed to pay the compensation Earlier the Prosecutor Silas Nwaforagu had told the court that one Habib Alkali of Oron Close Area 1 reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on Dec 3 Nwaforagu said that the complainant sometime in Jan 2019 sent the convict to pick some items for him from his car he parked at the above address In addition the prosecutor said the convict in the process stole Alkali s Samsung mobile phone in the car valued at N264 000 and ran away to an unknown destination He said it was not until Dec 3 that he was sighted and arrested at Utako Village Nwaforagu said that during police investigation the convict confessed that he sold the phone for N15 000 to a yet to be identified individual He also said the complainant s MTN and Airtel sim cards were also discovered in his possession According to him the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code Edited Olawunmi Ashafa Sadiya Hamza
    Court sentences househelp to 1 year in prison for stealing cell phone
     A Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates Court Abuja on Monday sentenced a househelp Simon Jerry to one year in prison for stealing a mobile phone valued at N264 000 from his boss Jerry who resides at One Man Village Nasarawa State was sentenced on a count charge of theft an offence he admitted committing The Chief Magistrate Mr Ibrahim Muhammed however gave the convict an option of N20 000 fine and another N95 000 as compensation for the stolen phone He further ordered that the convict would serve another one year sentence which would run concurrently if he failed to pay the compensation Earlier the Prosecutor Silas Nwaforagu had told the court that one Habib Alkali of Oron Close Area 1 reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on Dec 3 Nwaforagu said that the complainant sometime in Jan 2019 sent the convict to pick some items for him from his car he parked at the above address In addition the prosecutor said the convict in the process stole Alkali s Samsung mobile phone in the car valued at N264 000 and ran away to an unknown destination He said it was not until Dec 3 that he was sighted and arrested at Utako Village Nwaforagu said that during police investigation the convict confessed that he sold the phone for N15 000 to a yet to be identified individual He also said the complainant s MTN and Airtel sim cards were also discovered in his possession According to him the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code Edited Olawunmi Ashafa Sadiya Hamza
    Court sentences househelp to 1 year in prison for stealing cell phone
    Judiciary3 years ago

    Court sentences househelp to 1 year in prison for stealing cell phone

    A Wuse Zone 6 Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced a househelp, Simon Jerry, to one year in prison for stealing a mobile phone valued at N264,000 from his boss.

    Jerry, who resides at One-Man Village, Nasarawa State, was sentenced on a count charge of theft, an offence he admitted committing.

    The Chief Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed, however, gave the convict an option of N20,000 fine and another N95,000 as compensation for the stolen phone.

    He further ordered that the convict would serve another one year sentence, which would run concurrently, if he failed to pay the compensation.

    Earlier, the Prosecutor, Silas Nwaforagu, had told the court that one Habib Alkali of Oron Close, Area 1, reported the matter at the Garki Police Station on Dec. 3.

    Nwaforagu said that the complainant sometime in Jan. 2019 sent the convict to pick some items for him from his car he parked at the above address.

    In addition, the prosecutor said the convict in the process, stole Alkali’s Samsung mobile phone in the car valued at N264,000 and ran away to an unknown destination.

    He said it was not until Dec. 3, that he was sighted and arrested at Utako Village.

    Nwaforagu said that during police investigation, the convict confessed that he sold the phone for N15,000 to a yet to be identified individual.

    He also said the complainant’s MTN and Airtel sim cards were also discovered in his possession.

    According to him, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code.

    Edited Olawunmi Ashafa/Sadiya Hamza

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