Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, John Kennedy Opara has urged both Chairmen and Secretaries of the State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards, SCPWB not to compromise any standards in their services to pilgrims in the 2015 Christian pilgrimage exercise.
Opara advised the Chairmen and Secretaries of the SCPWB to strive to make pilgrimage more spiritual, in his words, “We must all add spirituality to our pilgrimage content to ensure that when pilgrims return from Israel they come back as change agents.
In a statement, he disclosed that the Commission is working towards self sustenance as he urged them to put all hands on deck to achieve this. In his word “the journey may be rough but there is no finishing line”.
NCPC boss affirmed that any tour operator that breeches the agreement earlier signed with the Commission would face the consequences and urged ground handlers to treat pilgrims with respect,
“you must tolerate the people that are given to you, and be mindful of the words you use on them”.
He informed the tour operators that the commission is committed to due process in the procurement of their services and that is the only way the essence of the pilgrimage would be achieved, adding that the commission wants the best service and would not compromise standard.
Earlier, the Chairman of the NCPC, Most, Rev. Nicholas Okoh charged the chairmen, Secretaries and ground handlers to carry out their assignment with honesty and sincerity. He advised that they should bear in mind that their primary duty is to please God not man.
The Chairman and Members of Board of NCPC, including Chairmen and Secretaries of the State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards are in Israel to ascertain the state of readiness for the 2015 Christian pilgrimage exercise.

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