The executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission Rev. Tor Uja, has said that the Commission is set to flag off its 2019 general pilgrimage exercise to Israel, Greece and Rome on 17th November, 2019 at the Nnamdi Azkiwe International Airport Abuja.
He disclosed this in Makurdi during a 3 days leadership workshop for Pilgrimage Stakeholders as well as NCPC zonal and metropolitan Pilgrimage leaders across the country.
The NCPC boss informed that the Commission would in earnest commence the screening of intending pilgrims from 1st August, 2019 across the states of the Federation. According to him “screening is not design to disqualify anyone but to identify those who pilgrimage would be more beneficial to and discourage those who do not have the proper motive of going on pilgrimage”.
He urged all the Zonal and Metroploitan Pilgrimage Leaders to work and partner with the State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards, the Church and the relevant pilgrimage stakeholders to conclude all the screening processes in good time.
Rev Uja intimated that the Commission is committed to reposition, guide and give direction to the course of pilgrimage through its pilgrimage programmes.
According to him, “it is important for pilgrims to bring back the good values as seen in the scripture and in the pilgrimage nations they visit and they should replicate such values in Nigeria”.
The NCPC helmsman called on Church Leader, Political and Social leaders to work together in partnership and put a stop to violence and crime in Nigeria. He stressed the need for every Nigeria to uphold the dignity of it country and keep the nation safe from war.
In his words, “war, violence and crime should not take place in our country but it should take place outside our country to ensure that the lives of our children and our unborn generation is safe”.
He urged the Church in Nigeria to increase its prayer and advocacy for the country.
According to him, “Church leaders in Nigeria should proclaim Christ in boldness and invest in Nigeria in commitment”. He added that “the Church needs to participate in the building and development of the country so that the world can benefit from the Church”.
The NCPC helmsman further urged security agencies and security engineers in Nigeria to develop a security programme that would involve every Nigerian which would bring about the protection of people and the security of its communities.
The 3 days Leadership Training Workshop focused on Pilgrimage Leadership, Mobilisation and Development. It was attended by Pilgrimage Stakeholders and NCPC Zonal and Metropolitan Leaders across the country.