Tinubu Removes NAHCON Chairman, Replaces With Arabi

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Mr Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has been removed as the Chairman and chief executive of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).

A statement issued on Tuesday night by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ajuri Ngelale, disclosed that Mr Hassan was sent on compulsory leave.

It was disclosed that the NAHCON chief was asked to embark on a three-month pre-retirement leave from today, Tuesday, October 18, 2023.

According to the statement, the action of President Bola Tinubu is in line with the Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243.

Mr Hassan is due to retire from service on January 17, 2023, but he has been asked to leave the agency before that time.

His position is now to be occupied by Mr Jalal Ahmad Arabi, following the approval of Mr Tinubu.

The new chairman of NAHCON is expected to serve for a term of four years in the first instance.

Mr Ngelale noted that Mr Arabi will assume office in acting capacity today and will continue to serve in substantive capacity for a fresh term of four years, beginning on January 17, 2023.

“President Bola Tinubu has also approved the dissolution of the Board of NAHCON.

“The President expects that the new NAHCON leadership will serve in reverence of Allah and with utmost adherence to the precepts of service according to the Holy Qur’an,” a part of the statement said.

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