Executive secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, John Kennedy Opara has promised Nigerians that the commission was going to explore all obtainable possibilities to ensure that through its lottery scheme, pilgrimage would be more affordable for every Christian in Nigeria.
Opara disclosed this recently on the second day of 2016 board and staff retreat held at Goshen City, Nasarawa State, which brought together NCPC zones in the six geopolitical zones in Nigerian to discuss and update strategy to improve service delivery.
In his welcome address, Opara stated that signing of MOU with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, launching of the mega edition of youth pilgrimage, commencement of skills acquisition programme during pilgrimage exercises in Israel and others were some of the achievements by the commission in the previous year.
Speaking at the event, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, who was represented by the senior special adviser to the president on political affairs, Rt. Hon. Gideon Zamani, commended the NCPC boss for his thoughtful and innovative leadership style, describing him as a leader with great ideas.
According to him, “With people like you, this country will be great again because only great ideas can bring about the change we need in this time.”
However, he explained that the significance and importance of Christian pilgrimage could not be over emphasised, because of the spiritual values and uplifting it brings to the faith of its beneficiaries.
In addition, Opara gave a word of advice to the board and staff of the commission to rely on the corporate strength of the commission and demonstrate exemplary leadership skills at all levels.
He further urged them not to compromise laws and standards in the commission, but should rather see themselves as leaders by unique recreation.

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