Wednesday, 15 July 2015

#Benue Governor to Support 2015 Christian Pilgrims

The governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom has promised to support the 2015 Christian pilgrimage. He disclosed this at the Benue State Government House while hosting the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara and his team.

The NCPC team was in Makurdi was in the state for a sensitization visit to the governor. According to the Ortom, “pilgrimage is faith enriching and the state government will do everything possible to make 2015 pilgrimage a success.”

He affirmed that pilgrimage is a tool that builds the faith of Christians in God and as such every Christian should aspire to visit the Holy Land.

In his words: “Visit to the holy sites we read in the bible elevates our faith.

“Indeed my visit to Israel blessed my life and gave me a lot of testimonies.”

The governor commended the Executive Secretary for the giant strides and innovations he has brought since he assumed office.

“We know what pilgrimage used to be in Nigeria and we can now see how you have taken NCPC to a different level.” He prayed that God would give Opara more initiative to continually be a blessing to Nigeria, especially the Christian community.

Earlier, the NCPC boss commended the governor for bringing investors to empower the economy of the state to Benue a face lift.  “It is God that has brought you to the office you occupy and he will provide everything you need to run this office”, he stated.

Opara also disclosed that the Commission runs four pilgrimage programmes in a year including the Easter Pilgrimage that holds March to April, Youth Pilgrimage in July, Family Prilgrimage in August and the general Pilgrimage which is usually between October to December. He added that the Commission has added skill acquisition scheme to its pilgrimage programmes to empower Nigerian Christians and to help the government build a solid economy.

He said the Commission would flag off the first edition of the youth pilgrimage on July 25 and the cost is N367,000 per pilgrim. He further added the cost of the October/December pilgrimage is N370, 000.

The NCPC chief executive urged the governor to encourage people that are financially buoyant to sponsor Christians who are spiritually rich but materially poor to the Holy Land “this is the only way we can encourage Christian who are faithful”.

The chief Christian pilgrims officer informed his host that the Commission is introducing Christian pilgrimage Lottery scheme to afford many Christians the opportunity to go on Holy Pilgrimage by paying for tickets and the lucky winners would be sponsored to Israel by the Commission.  He further explained that the Lottery Scheme would help the Commission to drive self sustenance and encourage greater participation in pilgrimage exercise.

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