Hajj Commission, NIMC partner on pilgrims’ data registration

Amina Mohammed, Abuja


The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) have agreed to partner on Pilgrims’ registration for the 2018 Hajj.

The Chairman/CEO of NAHCON Mr. Abdullahi Mukhtar Muhammad underscored the connection between possessions of National Identity card by Pilgrims as a registration tool for 2018 Hajj.

He stressed that the NIMC would serve as a veritable tool, to capture bio-metric of Pilgrims going to perform the 2018 Hajj.

He further gave the assurance of the Commission’s commitment in ensuring that the State Pilgrims Welfare Boards as well as Tour Operators participate in the exercise for harmonization of citizen’s data.

According to NAHCON Chairman, “having Pilgrims data is one of the responsibilities of the Commission as contained in the NAHCON Act, so if there is a government agency whose statutory work is to do that, other than Hajj Commission, therefore it became imperative to relate with that agency, in order to achieve common goals. The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) will ensure every Intending Pilgrim secures NIMC number before embarking on 2018 Hajj.”

Mr. Abdullahi however noted thet NAHCON staff would not only be trustworthy but would uphold the highest ethical standard of privacy and non-disclosure of data during the handling of the exercise.

Earlier, the Director General of NIMC, Mr. Aliyu A. Aziz expressed appreciation to the NAHCON Management for keying into the programme of registration for all Nigerians by July deadline, adding that the Hajj Commission ranked first among the Federal Government Organizations that shared the NIMC core values.

He therefore said that, “We want you and others to assist us in getting many Nigerians to participate in the registration exercise which will enable us harmonize the citizens’ data”.