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GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL COMMENDS NCPC BOSS

The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has commended the

GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL COMMENDS NCPC BOSS

The Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has commended the transformational leadership of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim commission, John Kennedy Opara. He made the commendation in Uyo while playing host to the NCPC boss and his Federal Commissioners who were in the State on a Sensitization visit for the 2015 pilgrimage to Israel, Rome and Greece.

            The Governor Commended Mr. Opara for changing the face of Pilgrimage in Nigeria. His words: ‘’the giant strides recorded in NCPC is overwhelming. ‘’Your tenure has changed the face of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria ‘’He further stated. Through your inspiring leadership, NCPC is now a household name’’

            Governor Emmanuel stressed that if God takes the Centre stage of all that we do, we would be able to make positive impact in the lives of the people.

            He stated that Akwa Ibom State would lead the destination for industrial pilgrimage and not just spiritual pilgrimage. He promised to partner with the Israeli Government in the area of Agriculture.

            He assured the NCPC boss that the State would continue to nurture its relationship with NCPC. He affirmed that pilgrimage should be a veritable tool for moral rebirth.

            Earlier, the NCPC helmsman congratulated the Governor for his election as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. He said the Governor was God’s plan and purpose for the people of Akwa Ibom State.

            Opara informed the Governor that the Commission is using pilgrimage as a tool for moral and spiritual rebirth. He stated that as many Christians as possible that embark on holy pilgrimage to Israel would certainly experience divine encounter that would forever transform them.

            He also hinted that the Commission had introduced skill acquisition programme in all the four pilgrimage programmes of the Commission where pilgrims would tap in on the rich agriculture potentials of Israel to acquire knowledge and skills that would make them economically self-reliant and add value to the pilgrimage programmes.

            The no 1 Pilgrim Officer of the Federation, further informed the Governor of the plan introduction of the Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Scheme which would enable Christians to go on holy pilgrimage without having to pay the full package. He explained that the Christian pilgrimage lottery scheme would help to actualize the self sustenance drive of the commission as ‘’we are doing everything in line with the agenda of Mr. President to cut cost’’

            Mr. opera also intimated that the Commission had set up a mini Clinic in Israel to carter for the medical needs of pilgrims and would help to further reduce the expenses of the Federal and State Government in providing Medical care for the pilgrims.

            In another development, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State assured the Executive Secretary that his Government would continue to support Christian Pilgrimage in all its ramifications, according to him ‘’you cannot be Governor of this State without talking about Pilgrimage’’

            He assured that his Government would ensure that only those who cannot afford to go on holy pilgrimage are assisted to embark on pilgrimage. Governor Wike further affirmed, ‘’we will partner with you in every area you want us to’’

            Earlier, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Commended the Governor for his efforts to reposition the State.

            He stated that in line with the policy thrust of the present administration, the Commission would introduce Christian pilgrimage lottery scheme this Year to help realize the self sustenance drive of the Commission.

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