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NCPC TO PARTNER WITH THE NIGERIAN LOTTERY REGULATORY COMMISSION TO PROMOTE CHRISTIAN LOTTERY PILGRIMAGE

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Mr. John Kennedy Opara has 

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) Mr. John Kennedy Opara has assured that his Commission would partner with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission to promote Christian Pilgrimage Lottery to Israel. He disclosed this while playing host to the Director General of NLRC, Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe and his management team in his office in Abuja.

He commended the NLRC boss for the viable changes in the commission since he took over as the Chief Executive. He stressed that leadership is about influence and decision making. To this effect, he said: “ I am proud of you and your team”.

The NCPC helmsman further explained that lottery is not gambling. He stated that Lot is a kind of measure use to apply equity and justice.

He intimated his guests that since he took over as the Executive Secretary of NCPC, he realized the need to encourage self sponsorship of Christians to Holy Land because the era of depending solely on government was over. According to him, he stated that the commission ensures it returns revenue to Government Treasury in order to help Government address other critical needs of the economy.

He equally affirmed that the Commission was using pilgrimage as a tool for Moral and Spiritual Transformation.

Mr. Opara told his guests that Federal Government does not sponsor people on pilgrimage, rather the government only provides consular and medical needs of pilgrims.

He assured the management team of NLRC that the moralities for the actualization of Christian Pilgrimage Lottery exercise would be worked out by both commission in order to hit the ground running.

Earlier, the Director General of NLRC, Mr. Adolphus Joe Ekpe commended the NCPC boss for his developmental strides in the Commission.

His words: “we are here to appreciate you. You actually brought development to NCPC. Thank you for what you are doing”.

Mr. Ekpe told the NCPC boss that his commission had been trying to establish a relationship with NCPC which was made possible by their visit.

He stated that NLRC as an Agency of government has a function to perform in this country. Thus, they were in NCPC to establish a partnership. He maintained that his Commission was set up to set standards by ensuring that those who play lottery do it in a transparent manner.

He affirmed that the issue of lottery is biblical as it could be seen in more than 13 bible passages. His words: “as Christians, the use of lot is one of the ways to decide something”.

The Director General of NLRC told Mr. Opara that there were lots to gain by partnering with NCPC and so there was need to have a Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Promo which enables Christians to participate in the scheme where winners would emerge to participate in Christian pilgrimage.

 He also emphasized the need for both Commissions to collaborate in the area of publicity, education and enlightenment by enlightening Nigerians that Lottery is not gambling.

The visit of the NLRC top management team to NCPC was graced by top management staff of the two agencies.

 

 

 

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