NCPC works to tap spiritual benefit of pilgrimage
The director in charge of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, has pledged to work towards modifying pilgrimage by making it a more spiritual and developmental exercise.
She disclosed this in Gombe during her sensitization visit to the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Manasseh Daniel Jatau, in his office.
She explained that part of the new developments the commission wants to introduce would include technological and skill acquisitions as well as agricultural expositions.
The NCPC boss intimated her host that Gombe State has continued to be one of the key players in pilgrimage development.
She commended the government of Gombe State for their consistency in the sponsorship of Christians to the Holy Land and solicited for more of such sponsorship.
Mrs Kwaghe further informed the Deputy Governor that the 2019 general pilgrimage was around the corner and harped on the importance of pilgrimage.
She explained that pilgrimage to Israel helps Christians to renew their faith and at the same time makes the Bible alive.
In his response, the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Mannasseh Jatau, affirmed that the government of Gombe State believes in pilgrimage for both Christians and Muslims, but lamented the decay and moral bankruptcy going on in society, positing that pilgrimage has a great role to play in conscientizing the minds of Christians through prayer in the Holy Land.
“We need pilgrimage now more than ever; we need to go back to God,” he said.
Dr Jatau promised that the Gombe State government would continue to support and sponsor Christians to the Holy Land despite the dwindling resources of the State.