By Albert Akota
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev, Tor Uja has said that beginning from this year every intending Christian pilgrim must undergo intensive orientation programme to be organized by the Commission before departure to the Holy Land.
He disclosed this in Abuja during the strategic Review Meeting of Pilgrimage Leaders and Managers of the 36 states and FCT.
He stressed that the need for such orientation cannot be over emphasized. According to him, “we need to expose our pilgrims to the issue of development, Leadership and nationalism”.
Rev. Uja further explained that the Commission would embark on the construction of pilgrimage Heritage Camps this year where the intending pilgrims would be accommodated for few days before their departure to the Holy Land. He added that the Commission would kick start the construction of the pilgrimage Camps from FCT and replicate it in some other cities.
Rev. Uja also disclosed that the 2018 Easter Pilgrimage would commence in March and that the Commission had screened a number of intending pilgrims in some states and would continue the screening of intending Pilgrims and self-sponsored pilgrims in the coming week.
The strategic review meeting of NCPC with the Pilgrimage Leaders and Managers was the first this year and it afforded the Leaders the opportunity to brainstorm and review the 2017 Christian Pilgrimage in its entirety.
The Executive Secretary used the platform to disclose that henceforth the meeting of pilgrimage Leaders and Managers would to be on a rotational basis. He affirmed that Awka Ibom State would be hosting the next meeting in April, 2018.
Virtually all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the States Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards from 36 states including FCT participated in the Strategic Review meeting.