Abdullahi Magaji Hardawa
Abdullahi Magaji HardawaCommissioner Operations, Inspectorate & Licensing
Born in 1956 in Hardawa, Bauchi State.
He attended Government Secondary School Maiduguri and School of Nursing Maiduguri, where he obtained a General Nursing Certificate. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (PGDM) with Credit from Bayero University Kano, he also holds a Diploma in Health Administration and Management (DHAM) with Credit from University of Benin and an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration (ADPA) with Distinction from University of Maiduguri,
He was Executive Secretary Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board (2004-2007 and 2016-2019), Special Adviser Multi-Lateral Affairs and State Liaison Office Abuja (2010-2011), Special Adviser Hajj Affairs and State Liaison Office Abuja (2010), Senior Special Assistant I/C of State Liaison Office Abuja (2010), Permanent Secretary Multi-Lateral Affairs and State Liaison office Abuja (2008-2009).
He is an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and also a registered Nurse, he is happily married with children.
He has won several awards while serving as the Executive Secretary in Bauchi State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board. He is currently the holder of the traditional title of the Waziri of Hardawa.
Operations Department: The Department is headed by Commissioner Operations, the Department consist of Inspectorate & Compliance , Tour Operators, Licensing and aviation divisions


Usman Aliyu Shamaki

Head, Inspectorate and Compliance

Usman Aliyu Shamaki was born in the 60’s. He attended University of Maiduguri where he obtained his LLB in Sharia Law. He began his civil service carrier with the Commission then known as Directorate of pilgrims in 1992 as a Pilgrims Officer raising through ranks to become Assistant Director (Admin) in the Commission. He has served in different departments and units of the Commission. The officer was once an attaché at the Nigeria Embassy, Saudi Arabia, in charge of Hajj. He has attended National and International conferences on Hajj matters.

Functions of the Division:

The functions of the division 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 in Nigeria, State Pilgrims Accommodation, Catering Services to the Pilgrims and Tour Operator’s accommodation in Makkah and Madina

Alidu Shutti

Head, States & Zonal Coordination

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.

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 and Licensing divisions within the department before being deployed to his present post . He has attended seminars, workshop, conferences Nationally and Internationally on hajj and umrah matters.

Muhammad Ahmad Shira

Head, Tour Operators Division

Born 2nd February, 1968 in Shira, Bauchi State.

He attended Central Primary School Shira from 1977 to 1982, Pilot Junior Secondary School, from1982 to 1985,   Government Secondary School Askira from 1979 to 1984, Government Technical College Bauchi from 1985 to 1988, College for Legal & Islamic Studies Misau (diploma in Arabic English & Islamic Studies) from 1990 to 1993, University of Maiduguri ( B.A. Islamic Studies) Digital Age Technologies Bauchi (Diploma in Computer Studies) from 2000 to 2001,Post Graduate Diploma in Education (Bayero University Kano) from 2006 to 2007, Masters in Public Administration (Ahmadu Bello University Zaria) 2019.

Working Experience: National Youth Service at Hadeja Jama’are River Basin Dev. Authority, Kano from 1998 to 1999, Lecture and Coordinator of Computer and Information Centre, College for Legal & Islamic Studies Misau Bauchi State from 2001 to 2009, Senior Administrative officer (Chairman/CEO’s office) NAHCON from 2009 to 2010. He has worked in across various divisions in Operations department till date.

Functions of the Division:

• Regulates and monitor the activities of registered Tour Operator Companies (Travelling Agencies)
• Registration of Tour Operator companies
• To pre-qualify those companies who have met the Commission’s set standard before issuance of license
• Coordination and monitoring of Umrah and Hajj activities of the Licensed Tour operator companies both onshore and offshore

Mohammed  Goni Sanda

Head – Aviation Division

The unit is responsible for Schedule of Flights and General aviation matter for the Hajj operations.

Functions of the Division:

  • To organize and process the conduct of the screening exercise of Air Carriers and Cargo Companies for Hajj operation.
  • To inspect various Airport for the Airlift of Pilgrims during Hajj Operations.
  • To inspect the Aircraft provided by the Air Carriers and their Catering Services in conjunction with NCAA for approval.
  • To enlighten and monitor the Airlift of pilgrims both onshore and offshore.

Functions of the Division:

  • Coordinates the licensing of service providers in liaison with relevant units, divisions and departments of the Commission
  • Announcement of Application for Hajj to interested Tour Operator Companies on the Website of the Commission, National Dailies and Social Media in collaboration with the relevant Units, Divisions and Department of the Commission.
  • Activation of portal to receive applications from the interested Tour Operators to participate in Hajj.
  • Processing and Issuance of License to Qualified Tour Operator Companies for Umrah.