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Senate commends NCPC for good handling of pilgrimage

By AIDOGHIE PAULINUS, Abuja

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs has
commended the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) for the good handling
of Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The commendation was made recently
during the committee’s oversight visit to the commission’s headquarters in
Abuja.

The senators who were led by the Chairman of the committee,
Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, commended NCPC for the peaceful coexistence it has with its
sister agency, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NHCN).

He stated
that the cordial relationship should be encouraged and sustained, considering
the fact that the country was in dire need of religious tolerance in the
country.
Kuta further stated that the members of the committee placed high
premium on the welfare of the pilgrims and were delighted that the commission
had gone extra mile to ensure that the welfare of the pilgrims was
paramount.

Commending the NCPC boss for his initiative in making sure
that the commission had a good edifice of its own for effective service delivery
for the pilgrims, Kuta added that the “initiative you have taken to have this
building is commendable.”
While pledging that the committee would do
everything feasible to assist NCPC in terms of funding whenever the need arose,
Kuta advised intending pilgrims never to cash in on the opportunity provided by
the pilgrimage exercise and hide under religion to abscond because “this country
belongs to all of us.”
Similarly, other members of the committee commended
the strong team of NCPC and urged them to continue to work in harmony to move
the commission forward.

In his earlier remarks, the Executive Secretary
of the NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara, thanked the senators for their visit,
explaining that NCPC was set up by the Federal Government in 2007 by the Act of
the National Assembly to coordinate all Christian pilgrimage activities in
Nigeria and that the commission was also empowered by the Act to license,
regulate and control private tour operators in the pilgrimage sub-sector.

Opara stated emphatically that the government principally established the
commission because the government was interested in the mass movement of
pilgrims to the Holy Land.

He further said that the commission usually
holds meetings from time to time with church leaders and stakeholders to
brainstorm on salient issues bothering on pilgrimage activities.
Opara also
intimated the senators that NCPC has the mandate of the Israeli authorities to
screen pilgrims on their behalf because of the confidence they have in the
commission.
The NCPC boss averred that with the security and checks put in
place by the commission, “our abscondment level has reduced to a zero
level.”
He explained that the commission walks closely with the state
governments in the mobilization of intending pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The
NCPC helmsman affirmed that the stand of the commission was that “pilgrimage
should serve as a tool for moral rebirth,” saying that prior to having its own
corporate building, the commission was housed by the National Hajj Commission of
Nigeria for two years without paying rent.
Members of the committee also
inspected facilities at the NCPC headquarters and addressed some newly recruited
staff of the commission.

Other members of the committee that visited NCPC included the vice chairman
of the committee, Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Senator
Domingo and Senator Nagogo.

-Sun

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