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2014 CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE: NCPC BOSS PAYS SENSITIZATION VISIT TO THE CHIEF SERVANT DR MUA'AZU BABANGIDA GOVERNOR OF NIGER STATE

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara has commended Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on the inter- faith harmony existing between Muslims and Christians in the  State. He made this commendation on 9th July, 2014 when him and his Federal Commissioners paid a sensitization visit to the Governor at the Government House. His words: your administrative style of carrying along both the Muslims and Christians in the State is highly commendable”.  

He equally commended him for the payment of NECO and WAEC fees for final year students in all the public secondary schools in the state since 2008. He added that the non discriminatory education policy of his administration for both indigenes and non indigenes has shown his earnest drive to take the state to the next level “your leadership style is inspiring”.

Mr. Opara further commended the Governor for encouraging self sponsorship of pilgrimage in the state by paying 50% of the package fee respectively to desirous intending pilgrims to Israel; he added that because of this opportunity offered by the government, more people from the state were able to travel on pilgrimage last year.

The NCPC boss told his host that the Commission was using pilgrimage as a tool for moral and spiritual transformation. He posited that if people were transformed they would affect their society positively and would help the country to move forward.  He then urged the Governor to help sponsor Christians who cannot afford to pay themselves to the Holy Land, because according to him “pilgrimage should be for those who are spiritually rich, but materially poor”

Mr. Opara told the Governor that a concessionary exchange rate of $1 dollar to N150 naira has been approved by Mr. President for this year’s pilgrimage exercise. He further told him that the Commission has been able to reduce the cost of pilgrimage from 2012-2014 by 9%.

The NCPC boss intimated the Governor that he had allocated 700 seats for Niger State for this year’s pilgrimage exercise.

Responding, Governor Babangida Aliyu stated that he was satisfied with the level Christian pilgrimage has attained in the state, in his words: “I like the work the Niger State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board is doing, this is commendable”.

He urged Christian in the State to take pilgrimage seriously because according to him, “pilgrimage should be for moral and spiritual transformation and not to be seen as a jamboree”.  

He promised that he would do everything humanly possible to support the course of pilgrimage through the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board of the State.

The delegation also had a meeting with CAN and other relevant bodies.

NCPC Media Unit

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