President Bola Tinubu has requested the Senate, to screen and confirm the nomination of the Chairman and Board of Members of the National Hajj Commission, for appointments.
Tinubu in a letter read by the President of the Senate, Godwin Akpabio, at the plenary of the house on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, urged the Senate to screen and confirm his new appointees in NAHCOM.
The letter reads: “By the National Hajj Commission Act, 2006, I am pleased to present to you for confirmation by the Senate the appointment of the under-listed persons as Chairman and members of the National Hajj Commission.
“Jalal Arabi as chairman, Aliyu Abdulrazaq, Commissioner, Policy Personnel and Finance, Anofi Elegushi — Commissioner, Operations and Prof. Abubakar Yagawal — Commissioner, Planning and Research.
“While hoping that the request will receive the expeditious consideration of the Senate, please accept the distinguished Senate President, the assurance of my highest regards.”
In his reaction to the development, Akpiabio who said he had looked at sections of the National Hajj Commission Act 2006, insisted that the Act also required members of the commission to be drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country.
The Senate President said contact was expected to be made to the office of the Chief of Staff to the president, saying that the Senate expects a list of names of the six members from the zones.
However, he referred the request to the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs for further legislative inputs, to report back to the plenary in 10 days.