President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of Alhaji Jalal Ahmad Arabi to serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) for a term of four years in the first instance.
Arabi was State House Permanent Secretary, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja for a period under the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.
President Tinubu also directed the outgoing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, to proceed on 3-months pre-retirement leave as provisioned by Public Service Rule (PSR) 120243 with effect from October 18, 2023, leading to his eventual retirement from service on January 17, 2023.
A press statement issued by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, on Tuesday explained that Arabi will assume office in acting capacity on October 18, 2023, 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”, the statement added.