Kwara State Governor, Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed, has described the lottery scheme introduced recently by the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, as a welcome development, saying it is remarkable that the commission is on the path to self-sustenance.
Ahmed made this assertion during a sensitisation visit by the Executive Secretary of the NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara, and his management staff at the Government House, Ilorin.
In a statement made available to our correspondent yesterday in Abuja, the governor promised his continued support to the commission in ensuring that more Christians from his state embark on pilgrimage.
He also commended Opara for the skills acquisition programme which he recently introduced, adding that it would empower the youths, particularly in the area of agriculture which would enable them become financially independent, considering the present state of the economy.
He lauded the commission’s pilgrimage packages among which are the Family pilgrimage, Easter pilgrimage, Youth pilgrimage, October/ December pilgrimage.
Earlier, the executive secretary, NCPC, commended Governor Ahmed on his giant strides in the state, especially in the area of agriculture, power and transportation through which he has ensured maximum welfare of Kwara citizens.
He intimated that the commission runs four pilgrimage packages in one calendar year, adding that the maiden youth pilgrimage programme has started with the airlifting of the first batch of Christian youths to Israel on July 25.
Opara affirmed that the commission is using pilgrimage as a tool for moral transformation and spiritual rebirth, stating that those who embark on pilgrimage would experience divine encounter which would influence their lives, transform them and make them agents of change in Nigeria.
He further affirmed that due to the self sustenance drive of the commission, NCPC is presently partnering with the National Lottery Commission to promote Christian pilgrimage participation which would avail every Christian the opportunity of going on pilgrimage with little or no cost.
He appealed to the governor to encourage Christians in the state to participate in the lottery scheme. “We want you to be our mouthpiece to educate individuals in the state.”

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