The Independent Hajj Reporters, a civil society organization that monitors and reports hajj/umrah activities in Nigeria, will on April 18, in Abuja, honour Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state as the 2018 Hajj Governor of the year.
A statement jointly signed by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and the Planning Committee Organizing Secretary, Mallam Garba Muhammad said the event is meant to show appreciation to those who contributed to the tremendous achievements recorded in hajj exercise in the past few years.
“The annual hajj excellence award is created to recognize and reward individuals and organizations who excelled in the course of Hajj exercise.
“It is also to show gratitude for services well rendered to the pilgrims and to make hajj stakeholders, service providers, and administrators to be aware that efforts will be rewarded which will then be beneficial to our pilgrims,” the statement said.
The organisation also said that it has earlier constituted a screening committee to collate performance of state Muslim pilgrims welfare boards with emphasis on the responses of state governors to hajj and hajj-related memos to requests made by their respective states Muslim pilgrims welfare boards before, during and after 2018 hajj exercise.
It said the outcome of the screening committee shows that Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello has accorded top priority to hajj issues as he always attends to hajj matter speedily.
According to the statement, the Nigerian Hajj and Umrah Excellence Awards was launched in 2017, with the maiden edition also recording a public presentation of hajj reporter’s website, a groundbreaker in delivering hajj-related contents.