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SGF receives 2015 Christian pilgrimage report

ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir David Lawal has commended the Nigerian Christian Pilgrimage Commission (NCPC) for the innovations introduced by the body to fund its activities and inspire Nigerians who perform the Christian holy pilgrimage.

While receiving the 2015 Report of the Commission, he assured the body that government would do all within its powers to address the key challenges of the Commission and ensure that the Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) signed with Israel becomes operational and that debts owed the Commission are recovered.

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The SGF also noted with admiration the small size of the staff nominal roll of the Commission and declared that it will ensure that the recurrent expenditure of the Commission remains reasonable and that more funds are available for capital projects.  He advised the commission to ensure that it does not run foul of government policy on the Treasuring Single Account (TSA) despite its commercialization programme.

He however urged the Commission to at all times, remain non-partisan in the discharge of its responsibilities.
The chairman of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrimage Commission, Reverend Nicolas Okoh, earlier, told the SGF that altogether, four pilgrimages were conducted in 2015.  These were the Easter, Youth, Family and Main Pilgrimages.

According to him, during the pilgrimages, there were no abscondment nor mishaps.  The Executive Secretary, Mr. Kennedy Opara, in his comments, confirmed that for the Main Pilgrimage, pilgrims, apart from visiting Israel, were also taken to Greece and Rome.

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He said youths who performed the pilgrimage were exposed to Skill Acquisition Programme in Agriculture to serve as additional incentive to perform the holy pilgrimage, as well as prepare them for employment.

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