By Ahmad Muazu
The 10th of March marks the last date on which Hajiya Fatima Mohammed Mustapha the Director, Library Services and former Deputy Director, Information and Publications can be considered an active member of staff of the Hajj Commission as she joins the league of senior citizens after attaining 35 meritorious years of active service.
She started her career as an Assistant Information Officer with Borno State Ministry of Home Affairs and Information in March 1988. Barely six months later, she was posted to Government House Maiduguri as the Lady Protocol Officer where she worked with the wives of three Governors, Late Col Lawan Maina, Late Brigadier Abdu Muhammad and Late wife of present Director General, NDLEA Brigadier Gen Buba Marwa, In 2007. She later transferred her service to the Federal Civil Service where she headed the Corporate Affairs Division at National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) and thereafter joined the Hajj family where she headed the Information and Publications Division and then Library Services, and now retiring as a director.
It is with mixed feelings that we bid her farewell, Hajiya Fatima Mustapha after an illustrious career with the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. A mixed feeling because as we celebrate her departure, we cannot help but feel a sense of déjà vu knowing that we will miss her wise counsel and sense of inspiration in our workplace.
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Hajiya Fatima has been an integral part of NAHCON for many years, and her contributions have been invaluable. As a female leader, she has shattered stereotypes and set an example for women in the commission.
Her determination and unwavering commitment to excellence have inspired both the female and male gender.
Her kindness and compassion have always been at the forefront of her leadership style. She took out time to get to know each member of her team and the staff more, especially the female ones with good and cordial interpersonal relations, making sure that everybody felt valued and got the necessary support for work to move on.
Her intentions were never mischievous. Throughout her tenure, Hajiya Fatima has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, serving as a mentor and role model, She has always been willing to lend an ear, offer advice, and guide through difficult situations. Her unwavering support and encouragement have helped us to grow both personally and professionally.
Hajiya Fatima’s impact on NAHCON goes far beyond her job description. She has helped to create a culture of respect, inclusivity, and teamwork, where every member of the team feels valued and supported. Her legacy will live on and we will always be grateful for the positive impact she has had on the commission.
But what has truly set her apart is her incredible kindness and empathy. Her willingness to go above and beyond for her team has not gone unnoticed, and it has made a profound difference in our lives.
A mentor, a mother, a sister and a confidant. Her door has always been open to us, she has challenged us to be our best selves, and celebrated our successes with us along the way.
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As we bid farewell to Hajiya Fatima, we wish her all the best in her retirement. We know that she will continue to make a difference in the lives of those around her, and we hope that she will stay in touch with us and visit us often. We will miss her dearly, but we are grateful for the time we have had with her, and we will always hold her in the highest regard.
As Hajiya Fatima prepares to embark on this new chapter in her life, it is important to acknowledge the profound impact that she has had on many lives that she has touched throughout her career. Her legacy will continue to inspire us for years to come, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.
With gratitude and warm wishes,
We thank Hajiya Fatima Mustapha for everything she has done for us. She will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we wish her all the best in her retirement and beyond.