By Albert Akota
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam has called on the Governors in the South South States to increase their sponsorship of Christians to the Holy Land.
He disclosed this recently in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a meeting with the States Chairmen and Secretaries of Christian Pilgrims Welfare Boards in the South South geo – political zone.
Rev. Pam posited that if states in the north with high percentage of Muslims could sponsor reasonable number of Christians to the Holy land, how much more states in the South South with about ninety five percent Christian population.
He stressed that pilgrimage is the only dividend of democracy that the church enjoys which provides them the opportunity to travel to Israel to build their faith in God.
According to him, states and the Federal Government has come up with more youth empowerment programmes in order to actively engage them in meaningful venture.
He tasked the youth to be creative and should not put their minds on white collar jobs.
The NCPC helmsman further charged the Federal and State Governments to address the issue of insecurity in the country, stating that security should not be left in the hands of the government alone. In his words, “we must rise up to see how we can save this country from its present security challenges”.
The plateau state born hinted that the Commission would set up an Agricultural desk to harness and stimulate agricultural contents of pilgrimage where the youths would be exposed to skill acquisition programmes in Israel and come back to Nigeria to replicate the knowledge acquired.
Speaking at the event, the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Udom Emmanuel stated that his administration had ensured very peaceful atmosphere in the state, hence they were able to provide transformational leadership for the people of Akwa Ibom State.
The Governor who spoke through the Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Ini Adiakpan congratulated Rev. Pam for his well-deserved appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.