National Hajj Commission (NAHCON) has resolved that all intending Muslim pilgrims must get their National Identity Number (NIN) as part of their clearance for the 2018 pilgrimage.
NAHCON is partnering with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to achieve this.
This was contained in a release detailing the partnership drive between NAHCON and NIMC during the visit by Abdullahi Muhammad, chief executive officer of NAHCON, to Aliyu Aziz, the director-general of NIMC.
The NAHCON CEO stated: “The National Hajj Commission will ensure that every intending pilgrim secures NIMC number before embarking on 2018 Hajj.”
He assured that in order to guarantee high ethical standards and secrecy, only NAHCON staff whose integrity could be vouched for would be deployed for the exercise.
Though pilgrims’ data capture is a part of NAHCON’s responsibility, it believes that the agency, with the statutory mandate for registering citizens, should be allowed to carry out its functions, thereby avoiding duplication of effort and unnecessary waste of resources.
To make the exercise comprehensive, the commission plans to carry along the states’ pilgrims’ welfare boards and tour operators.
Aziz thanked the NAHCON management “for registering all Nigerians, describing NAHCON as top among the Federal Government organisations that shared the registration body’s core values.”
He appealed to other agencies to follow suit.