Gov Al makura
Gov Al makura

Governor of Nasawara State, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has commended the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara for all the innovations he has brought to the Commission.
Al-Makura disclosed this yesterday in Lafia during a sensitization visit to the state by Mr Opara.
He described the NCPC boss as “A man of great innovative ideas”; adding that Opara has yearly introduced new ideas that would move Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria to greater heights.
The governor further commended NCPC boss for adding more value to the spiritual content of pilgrimage and also creating ways Christian pilgrimage can add value to the Nigeria economy through the skill acquisition programme.
He promised that the state would continue to support Christians in the state to embark on pilgrimage, because of its moral and spiritual benefits.
Al-Makura intimated that clergies and religious school instructors would participate in this year’s pilgrimage exercise so that the spiritual and moral lessons learnt would be impacted on the larger society.
He urged Opara to pray for the communal crisis in the state to come to an end, adding, “always pray that God will give the citizens of Nasarawa the patience to work and accept each other as people of one destiny”.
Earlier, Mr Opara commended the governor for his leadership style and how he has been able to create infrastructure to make business strive in the state.
He told the governor that the Commission runs four pilgrimage programmes in one Calendar year namely: Easter Pilgrimage, March to April, Youth Pilgrimage: July, Family Pilgrimage, August and General Pilgrimage which usually holds between October to December.
Opara further disclosed that the Commission is introducing Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Scheme to encourage many Christians to embark on Holy Pilgrimage by paying for tickets which qualifies one to participate in the raffle draw and the lucky winners would be sponsored to Israel with all expenses paid by the Commission.
The NCPC boss urged the governor to partner with the Commission by sensitizing Christian leaders to participate in the Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Scheme, CPLS.
He informed his host that a personal saving scheme is encouraged by the Commission, where intending pilgrims can save in installments so that they could pay over time to go on pilgrimage.

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