OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has nominated Zikrullah Olakunke Hassan from Osun State for chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

The nomination was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate which was read by the Senate president on Tuesday.

The president also forwared nominations for the position of excecutive comissioners. The nominees are: Nura Hassan Yakassai as executive commissioner, Policy, Personnel, Management and Finance (Kano State/North West); Sheikh Momoh Suleman Imonikhe as executive commissioner, Planning, Research, Statistics, Information and Library (Edo State/South South).

Buhari also nominated the following as part-time members of NAHCON: Halimat Jibril (Niger State/North Central); Abba Jato (Borno State/North East); Garba Umar (Sokoto State/North West); Ibrahim Ogbonnia Amah (Ebonyi State/South East); Sadiq Oniyesaneyene Musa (Delta State/South South); and Akintunde Basirat Olayinka (Ogun State/South West).

Furthermore, the president nominated representatives of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

They are Shehu Dogo (Ministry of Aviation); Nura Abba Rimi (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Rabi Bello Isa (Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning); Zainab Ujudud Sherrif (Ministry of Health); Aminu Bako Yarima (Nigeria Immigration Service) and Ibrahim Ishaq Nuhu (Central Bank of Nigeria).

President Buhari, however, promised to forward more names to the Red Chamber soon.

“The Senate may wish to note that the names of the representatives of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs will be sent to the Senate, subsequently, once the ongoing consultations are concluded,” he added.

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Damilola Zebulun Adeniran
Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is a Paradigm Initiative Digital Rights and Inclusion Media Fellow. He is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank Group. Also, Damilola's written work on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA and the West Africa Coastal Areas Management Program (WACA) Marketplace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.


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