Abdullahi Magaji HardawaCommissioner Operations, Inspectorate & Licensing
Operations Department The Department is headed by Commissioner Operations, the Department which consist of Inspectorate & Compliance Unit Licensing of Pilgrim Agencies


Functions of the Division:

The functions of the unit among others are as follows:

  • Ensuring Compliance of organisations with the policies of National Hajj Commission, Federal Government and the Saudi authorities.
  • Settling of disputes arising from Hajj and Umrah operations.
  • Inspection of offices of tour operators
  • Inspection of State Pilgrims Accommodation in Makkah and Madina
  • Inspection of catering services to the Pilgrims in Makkah and Madina
  • Inspection of Tour Operator’s accommodation in Makkah and Madina
  • Advertisement in the National dailies at the end of Hajj exercise for complaints of any kind with regards to the Hajj.
  • Distribution of Performance Status Report (PSR) to the State Pilgrims’ Welfare Board and agencies and Chief executives of the tour operators to be filled and returned.
  • Umrah monitoring during Ramadan onshore and offshore.


Head, Licensing Division

Born in late 60’s. He attended University of Ilorin to obtain B.Art Islamic studies and MPA. He has over 19 years working experience in public organizations and currently the heads the licensing division.

Experience: He worked as a producer at Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) Oshogbo from 1997 to 2011. He joined National Hajj Commission in 2011. He initially worked in the office that liaises with States Pilgrims’ Welfare Boards across the Federation and NAHCON zonal offices. He has also headed the Tour Operators division before being deployed to Licensing. He has attended seminars, workshop, conferences Nationally and Internationally on hajj and umrah matters.

Functions of the Division:

  • Licensing of companies that are engaged in Umrah and Hajj services (Travel and Tour Agencies);
  • Airlines operating for Hajj;
  • Cargo companies engaged in Hajj services;
  • Accommodation and Catering Providers in Makkah, Madinah and Masha’ir for Nigerian pilgrims;
  • Application for Hajj license and seat allocation to Tour operators,
  • Application for the air lift of pilgrims under SMPWB/ Agencies and Commissions;
  • Regulations and guidelines for Hajj and Umrah applications;
  • Umrah licenses;
  • Companies’ office verification;
  • Grading of Travel Agencies in collaboration with other units in the Commission

Alhaji Ibrahim Idris Mahmud

Head, Tour Operators Division

Ibrahim Idris Mahmud was born on 31st October, 1969. His educational qualification includes B.Ed in Arabic, PGD in International Relations & Diplomacy, and MPA. He is happily married with kids.

Functions of the Division:

  • Registration of new companies
  • Issuance of Umrah forms
  • Processing of forms filled by Tour Operator Companies
  • Periodic Inspection of Companies
  • Attending to all Tour Operator Companies’ issues
  • Supervision of Umrah & Hajj activities
  • Authentication of contracts document with Saudi partners

Head – Aviation Division

Aviation Unit which is headed by Alhaji Mohammed  Goni Sanda. The unit is responsible for Schedule of Flights and General aviation matter for the Hajj operations.

Functions of the Division:

  • Coordination of process of selection of Air carriers for pilgrims and cargo;
  • Schedule of Flights;
  • General aviation matters for the Hajj operations, including liaison with the Saudi Aviation authorities,