From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state has expressed confidence in the ability of the current management of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria to take the Commission to the next level of advancement.
The Governor made the remark when he received in audience, officials of the Commission led by its Chairman, Ustaz Zikrullah Kunle Hassan who paid him an advocacy visit at the Government House Bauchi.
He observed that the reforms introduced by the Commission on hajj process will no doubt ensure effective service delivery in line with global best practice.
Mohammed said the reforms will also cushion the effect of hajj in the area of foreign exchange and other difficulties faced by Nigerian pilgrims.
“We are very appreciative for this visit and the honour and recognition done to us will encourage us to do more in terms of making sure that whatever we are doing, we are doing it for the sake of Allah and to leave the society better than where we found it.
“ We thank you most sincerely for what you said about us on the roles we played which is statutory and I am confident that the new management will take the Commission to the next level.”
The Governor said the ongoing construction of the new modern hajj camp in the state is to alleviate the sufferings faced by intending pilgrims before their airlift to Saudi Arabia.
He said when completed, the new hajj camp will assist in boosting the internally Generated revenue of the state to enable the state government provide the required services to the pilgrims.
“We are really as a state to provide the necessary support for the operations of your Commission in Bauchi, the ICT you deployed is a good development and will ensure good governance in management of resources.”
The Chairman of the Commission, Ustaz Zikrullah Kunle Hassan had earlier said the visit is to appreciate the Governor for his support to the Commission when he was the FCT Minister.
The chairman mentioned the allocation of land to the commission as one of the landmark legacies of Governor Bala Mohammed which will never be forgotten by the NAHCON.
He said already the commission has resolved to use the land for the establishment of its International Hajj Training Institute which is the first of its kind.
“Your Excellency, since we assumed office, Bauchi is the first state for us to visit for so many reasons and to also intimate you with our reforms introduced.”
“We will never forget your contributions to NAHCON, but we will reciprocate the gesture by assisting your administration to succeed in hajj activities.
Ustaz Zikrullah Kunle Hassan said the proposed institute will serve as training ground for intending pilgrims to acquire the basic knowledge of performing hajj exercise.