The executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Tor Uja has disclosed that the Commission would commence the November/ December 2017 pilgrimage to Israel from 23rd November from the Lagos International Airport.
He made this known recently in Abuja during the 2017 Training and Orientation for the federal medical team selected for this year’s pilgrimage exercise.
He explained that the federal medical team were selected strictly on merit and did not have to know anybody to help them.” They were selected with the blind eyes of justice, but with open eyes of merit,” he said.
He urged them to give maximum medical attention to all pilgrims and stressed the need to sustain and improve on the 2016 pilgrimage set record of zero mortality and reduced morbidity, in this year’s pilgrimage exercise.
In the words of the NCPC boss, “In 2016, we recorded for the first time, zero mortality and reduced morbidity. The Commission was able to achieve this feat because of the improved medical screening that was put in place by NCPC”.
He congratulated members of the federal medical committee for their well-deserved appointment and described them as ‘ Distinguished Medical Personnel’ who have served the country in different capacity.
The NCPC Helmsman called the attention of all members of the Medical Team to the Creed of the Commission which is ‘Proclaiming Christ, Serving Nigeria’.
He enjoined them to internalize the Creed and imbibe it as they go on pilgrimage.
Rev Uja explained that NCPC is based on two pillars; first its true commitment to Christ, second its commitment to Nigeria’s nationality. “We want the world to know the beauty of Jesus Christ and the salvation of Christ, and secondly, the Christian Pilgrimage should be the Nigerian nationality.
The Commission’s boss advised the youths of this nation to shun the idea of absconding because there is no nation that is greater than Nigeria.
Earlier, the Chairman of the 2017 federal medical committee, Dr. Francis Alu, thanked the executive secretary for considering them fit to serve by selecting them to serve in this capacity. He explained that the objective of the committee was to ensure zero mortality and reduce morbidity.
He urged the medical team to work with the committee leadership and promised the maximum support of the federal medical committee.
About 177 medical personnel scaled through the commission’s online medical examination which was conducted in July this year in collaboration with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The focus of this year’s medical training and orientation is ‘Medicine, Leadership and Healing’.