The newly posted Controller of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to Katsina State Command, Alhaji Ahmed Tijjani Muhammed, has pledged to support the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board to achieve its mandate.

Alhaji Ahmed Muhammed made promise during a courtesy visit to the Executive Director of the board, Alhaji Yunusa Abdullahi, in his office in Katsina.

He told the executive director that he was there to formally introduce himself and also solicit for continued support and cooperation to enable him discharge his duties successfully.

The immigration controller spoke on the recent devolvement regarding issuance of E-Passport, assured the executive director of his command’s readiness to assist any intending pilgrims yet to acquire the new E-Passport as soon as possible.

Responding, the executive director, Alhaji Yunusa Abdullahi Dankama, expressed appreciation for the visit and assured him of the board’s support and cooperation in discharging his duties.

Alhaji Yunusa Dankama who informed the controller that the executive governor of the state, Malam Dikko Umar Radda, recently appointed him to take charge of the board as its new executive director, adding that being Immigration Service among the critical stakeholder on Hajj operations in the state.

The executive director reassured the controller of the board’s support and cooperation in discharge of his duties.

Meanwhile, as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia maintained its stance on Hajj rules and regulations for 2024, the board promised to improve service delivery to intending pilgrims during this year’ exercise.

This is part of the deliberations at a meeting held by the management staff of the board to review the performance of the 2024 Hajj preparations and look into the approved directives by the Executive Governor of the state, Malam Dikko Umar Radda, on recommendations of the contents of the report by the 2023 Hajj State Government delegations.

During the meeting, the executive director of the board emphasised that the deadline for the closure of deposits collections from the intending pilgrims is approaching hence the need for pilgrims who registered and those yet to register are advised to do so before the end of this month.

He explained that the priority of the present state administration under the governor Malam Dikko Umar Radda is to ensure all intending pilgrims from Katsina State who paid their money for the 2024 Hajj are enjoyed their stay and perform their Hajj rituals successfully.

Dankama urged the management and staff of the board to provide all necessary cooperation to achieve the set goals.

Those at the Meeting Included the board Chairman, Alhaji Kabir Bature Sarkin Alhazai; Executive Director of the Board, Alhaji Yunusa Abdullahi Dankama, and all the management staff of the board.a