Taraba State governor, Arc. Darius Ishaku has said that the vibrancy of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC’s pilgrimage programmes had exposed Christians to real teachings of the Bible.
Ishaku stated this yesterday during a sensitisation visit by the executive secretary of the NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara and his federal commissioners at Jalingo, Taraba State capital.
He commended the NCPC boss for the different pilgrimage programmes he had initiated since his assumption of office as the executive secretary of the commission.
The governor further commended him for the introduction of the skills acquisition component into the pilgrimage programme of the commission.
According to him, “Pilgrimage now has both spiritual and economic benefits to our nation.”
He promised to be part of ‘A Day with Jesus ‘in Israel on October 25, 2015.
Earlier, Mr. Opara congratulated Governor Ishaku for his victory in the last elections, describeing him as a man of vision and focus whom God had chosen to serve the people of Taraba State.
According to him, “You are a man of vision and focus, and this has inspired a lot of people that are close to you.”
He commended the governor for providing constant supply of water and power to the state, saying that he had brought his experience in the power sector to bear.
The NCPC boss reaffirmed that the commission uses pilgrimage as a tool for moral transformation and spiritual rebirth.
“As many that are given the opportunity to travel to the holy land, they will come back as change agents and add value to their states.”
Mr. Opara explained that the commission was conscious of the economic situation in the country, saying that the commission was partnering with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, on Christian Pilgrimage Lottery Scheme targeted towards encouraging those who are spiritually rich but materially poor to go on pilgrimage with little or no cost.
The executive secretary was accompanied on the sensitisation visit by Archbishop Nemuel Babba, NCPC federal commissioner representing North-East; Pastor Abba Mishellia, administrator of the Aso Villa Chapel; Mr. Henry Ezike, head of Planning, Research and Programme Development, NCPC, among others.