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NCPC FLAGS OFF SENSITIZATION OF 2015 PILGRIMAGE EXERCISE IN ONDO, ONDO STATE

The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission has flagged off the sensitization of this year’s pilgrimage Exercise in Ondo, Ondo State.

The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission has flagged off the sensitization of this year’s pilgrimage Exercise in Ondo, Ondo State.  During his sensitization visit to Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, the NCPC Executive Secretary, Mr. John Kennedy Opara stated: “I am here to kick start the 2015 sensitization of our pilgrimage programmes to Israel, Rome and Greece”. The NCPC boss informed his host that the Commission was using pilgrimage as a tool for moral and spiritual Transformation.

Mr. Opara hinted that the introduction of skill acquisition for the pilgrims in the pilgrimage programme is to empower the pilgrims to acquire skill in the area of Agriculture and Technology where Israel has comparative advantage so that they would be able to rely on themselves rather than depending on government. He commended the Israeli Government for being quite supportive with the skill acquisition programme of the commission.

Mr. Opara also disclosed that the Commission now runs four pilgrimage programmes on one Calender year namely: Easter Pilgrimage which holds March to April, Youth Pilgrimage, July, Family Prilgrimage, August and the General Pilgrimage which is usually held between October to December.

The NCPC boss also revealed that Mr. President had approved a concessionary exchange rate of $1 US dollar to N160 naira for both Christians and Moslems for this year’s pilgrimage exercise.

He disclosed that the first edition of the youth pilgrimage would be held on 25th July, 2015 and the cost is N367,000.00 while the cost of the October/December pilgrimage is N370,000.00

He called on well meaning people in the state to partner with the state government to sponsor Christians who are spiritually rich, but materially poor to the Holy Land.

Mr. Opara further disclosed that the Commission is introducing Christian pilgrimage Lottery scheme to encourage many Christians to embark on Holy Pilgrimage by paying for tickets which qualifies one to participate in the raffle draw and the lucky winners would be sponsored to Israel with all expenses paid by the Commission.

In his response, Governor Olusegun Mimiko commended the giant strides of Mr. Opara in NCPC. He specially commended his industry and passion”. In the words of the Governor: “we are proud of your comportment, we are proud of your achievements”

Governor Mimiko assured the NCPC boss that he would study the 2015 Christian pilgrimage package presented to him by the Executive Secretary with a view to finding out where the state could fit in. He also promised to study the skill acquisition programme of NCPC in order to ascertain the area where the government could come in.

He thanked the NCPC boss for using Ondo State to flag off the 2015 sensitization programme of the Commission’s Pilgrimage activities.

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