Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Pilgrimage: NCPC Targets zero abscondment

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, Evang Tor Ujah, has stressed the commitment of the commission to ensure that Nigerians to this year’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land will not have any avenue to abscond.

According to him, the commission will be working with security agencies that will monitor and coordinate movement of all pilgrims, as the commission pledges to return with the exact number of pilgrims that where air lifted from the country.

He made this known during the visit of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs to the commission led by Sen Tijani Yahaya.
Tor, who lamented the low rate of pilgrims from the different zones in the country, added that staff of the commission will equally be trained on security measures to reduce abscondment.

He however, pleaded with the senate committee to assist the commission in the area of funding which has been the major challenge since his assumption of office.

‘We are excited that the Senate is interested in the spiritual growth of Nigerians and we will like to challenge all Nigerians to support our drive as we build a nation on strong moral values which is not dependent on foreign lands but for us to export Nigeria to the world. 

“I believe that with this support from the Senate to spiritual groups like us great things will happen in our nation as it will never remain the same again, I urge all Nigerian leaders to key into spiritual growth of our nation and key into it,” he said.

Sen Tijani who spoke with journalists stated that the visit was a successful one as the national assembly seeks to develop a cross fertilization between the National assembly and the NCPC

He commended the executive secretary on a job well done stating that Senate has used the visit to understand the challenges of the commission as it seeks ways to support the growth of pilgrimage in the country. 

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