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The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) was set up by the Act of the National Assembly in 2007 to coordinate all Christian pilgrimages to Israel and

The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) was set up by the Act of the National Assembly in 2007 to coordinate all Christian pilgrimages to Israel and other Holy Sites in the world. It is also saddled with the responsibility of regulating and licensing of Christian Tour Operators involve in pilgrimage activities.

The vision of the Commission is clear and distinct. An organization providing excellent services and administration to all Nigerian Christians who perform Holy pilgrimage. It is also an Organization with high spiritual content capable of being translated into action for probity, security and accountability in line with the Federal Government policy.

Its Mission Statement is also instructive. An organization providing conducive environment for smooth air lift of pilgrims at all levels, federal and state, for hitch free pilgrimage exercise throughout the year and to supervise any interested body or organization for the purpose of Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Sites globally.

 Since 2008 when Mr. John Kennedy Opara was appointed the pioneer Executive Secretary of the Commission, the Commission has witnessed quite a lot of visible innovations all round and has indeed become a reference point to emulate. He has often emphasized on quality Service delivery as a catalyst for meeting the demands of the Nigerian pilgrims. He has also maintained that the welfare of the pilgrims can never be compromised.

With his re appointment in July 2013, he came up with a new vision of four cardinal Core Values for the Commission which must be embraced by all staff. These are: integrity, Commitment, team Spirit/synergy and professional Excellence. With this in mind, the Commission was set for proactive actions and unrivaled breakthrough in all its programmes last year.

Indeed, the achievements of the Commission in 2013 was overwhelming. In August last year, the Commission flagged off the pilot scheme of the Family pilgrimage to Israel, in collaboration with the Church leaders and private sponsors. The package was unique as it provided families, including children the opportunity to pray together in the Holy Land.

 Last year, was also glorious for the Commission with the Presidential Pilgrimage of His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck  Ebele Jonathan. It’s no longer news that Mr. President actually embarked on Holy Pilgrimage last year, what is news is that he is the first ever sitting Christian President of Nigeria to have performed Holy Pilgrimage to Israel, and he actually participated in all the programmes and prayers in all the Holy Sites visited, including observing fasting and prayers in October 27th with other Nigerian Pilgrims on a “Day with Jesus”.

NCPC must be commended for this feat as the Commission was able to coordinate about 3,00 pilgrims on ground,  including 16 Governors, four Deputy Governors and some members of the National Assembly who accompanied the President for the Holy Pilgrimage.

During the Presidential pilgrimage on 28th October to be precise, the long awaited Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and the State of Israel was signed. With this, Nigerian Pilgrims and Nigerians as a whole can fly directly to Israel vice versa.

 Last year too, the Commission entered into a robust synergy with the Greece Embassy to airlift Nigerian Pilgrims Direct to Athens, Greece for Holy Pilgrimage. For the first time ever 269 pilgrims were airlifted to Greece direct from Nigeria and all the pilgrims returned back to the country without any defection.

In preparation for the 2013 pilgrimage Exercise, the Executive Secretary and his team visited about 29 States of the Federation on sensitization drive. During his visit, he met with State Governors, Church Leaders and CAN Officials. In the course of that visit, he emphasized on the need for Church leaders to sponsor individuals who are spiritually rich, but materially poor. The effect of that visit was the 40% increase in the number of self sponsored pilgrims recorded last year.

Another important milestone of the Commission last year was the completion of the entire pilgrimage operations on record time without any spill over. The 2013 Christian pilgrimage was flagged off on 19th October, 2013 and by the Grace of God was concluded on 23rd December. This presupposes that the Commission’s calendar of activities for 2013 was religiously followed to the latter even though the flag off was brought forward by one week.

It is equally interesting to note that the Commission built and completed a three storey Pilgrims’ Reception Camp   behind its Corporate Head Office in Abuja during the year under review, this is phenomenal. This will no doubt go a long way to ease the problems of accommodation for pilgrims, visitors and staff of the Commission.

Last year, the leadership of the Commission also acquired a vast expanse of land from the Federal Capital Development Authority, (FCDA) at the Central Business District for the construction of permanent pilgrims’ Headquarters.

These ground breaking achievements recorded last year by NCPC would not have been feasible, but for the dynamic, proactive and visionary leadership style of the Executive Secretary, John Kennedy Opara. His style and character of leadership cannot be easily found in most Agencies of Government.

This year, the Commission has already started on a good note by organizing a Retreat for Board and Staff which took place at Goshen city in Nasarawa State between 16th -18th January, 2014. If for anything else, it afforded members of staff the opportunity to reflect, fast and pray for this year’s pilgrimage operations. It equally afforded the Executive Secretary the opportunity to reward some hard working staff of the Commission for their wonderful performance last year.

What else can one say of an organization that is totally dependent on God for the success of its operations. The Bible tells us in Proverbs chapter 23 verse 18 that the expectations of the righteous shall never be cut off. So shall it be with NCPC.

The Commission is mindful of what transpired last year and the successes recorded thus decided to organize a thanksgiving service to praise and thank God for the smooth airlift of pilgrims last year. This took place in the Aso Villa Chapel on 19th January, straight from Goshen Retreat.  As a Commission with high spiritual content, it believes that when you thank God for what He has done, He will surely do more.

Certainly in NCPC, the best is yet to come.


Toruka Celestine Ogugua

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