The Hajj commission has received the report from the Assessment and Award Committee for the Hajj in 2022.
Prior to the Hajj exercise, on June 16, 2022, the Committee was established with a deadline for submission.
Its duties include keeping an eye on the States Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards (SMPWBs) to determine which ones excelled in providing services to their pilgrims and rating each one accordingly.
The Committee was given the specific job of “Assessing and determining the level of performance of each state in terms of preparations before and during the actual conduct of the 2022 Hajj.”
“Give each state a grade based on how well it performed on each of the indicators the committee chose.
“Suggest to NAHCON those deserving of honors.
compile data on each state’s organizational structure
Zikrullah Kunle Hassan, the chairman of NAHCON, revealed that members of the committee were carefully chosen from among seasoned professionals in the Nigerian Hajj business and well-known people of integrity as he accepted the report.
He expressed confidence in the results of their assignment, saying that they represented the pinnacle of the Hajj industry in Nigeria and that some of them would be hired to lecture at the Hajj Training Institute due to their wide range of expertise in the sector.
He said that NAHCON would have its annual awards ceremony, at which each state would be honored appropriately.
Suleiman Usman served as the Jigawa State Hajj Commission’s Executive Secretary for two terms before moving to the federal level to serve as the Director of Planning Research, Statistics and Library Services (PRSLS), a position from which he retired from NAHCON. He is currently the Chairman of the Assessment and Award Committee for the 2022 Hajj.
Other members of the Committee include Alhaji Abu Rimi, a former executive secretary of the Katsina SMPWB, Alhaji Abba Yakubu, a former executive secretary of the Kano SMPWB, Alhaji Yusuf Muhammad Mukhtar Bako, a former executive secretary of the Osun State, Alhaji Zikrullah Alawo, a former executive secretary of the Kaduna SMPWB, Alhaji Oko The latter performs the role of Committee Secretary.
The Committee Chairman, Usman, stated during the submission of the report that the SMPWBs were evaluated in 27 distinct areas and indices that the evaluation team chose using the annual hajj calendar of events as a guide.
They evaluated adherence to the scheduled benchmarks and gave points in accordance. In addition, they evaluated the effectiveness with which the organizational structures and facilities were used, as well as the discipline.
Additionally, he added that information was gathered from security assessments, interviews with pilgrims, and non-governmental groups that were present in the area during onshore operations.
The team’s individual observations, staff interviews, and site visits to various pilgrim accommodations were additional techniques of data collection.
The crew also assessed the regularity of attendees at Hajj preparation sessions organized by NAHCON, Nigeria’s top Hajj organization. It also assessed the time of remittance of Hajj fare, quality of suitcases, BTA processing, and compliance to Muna outing regulations among others.
The team next reviewed evaluations and records from organizations with comparable functions, and to their delight, the perceptions agreed.
According to the scores, Yobe State SMPWB took top place with 117 out of a possible 130 points, followed by Kaduna with 115 and Lagos with 114.
Other states that excelled in particular fields were also acknowledged and given awards recommendations. The Committee also made recommendations from the insights they gathered during their assignment.
Commending the Committee for doing a thorough job, Commissioner of Operations, Alhaji Magaji Hardawa also prayed the Almighty to reward them for their painstaking effort.
He eulogized the committee describing it as the first of its kind and prayed that the result would be beneficial to the entire Muslim Ummah in terms of gingering better output from all industry players.