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PILGIMAGE TO HOLY LANDS NOW JAMBOREE, SAYS UDUAGHAN

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FROM LEFT, GOVERNOR EMMANUEL UDUAGHAN, FEDERAL COMMISSIONER (SOUTH-SOUTH), REV. ROBINSON ORITSUWA, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS COMMISSION, MR. JOHN KENNEDY OPARA AND FEDERAL COMMISSIONER (NORTH-CENTRAL) MRS. HELEN NUKORO, DURING THE COURTESY C

• Delta Pilgrims to be airlifted from Asaba International Airport

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has charged Christian Welfare Boards in the country to be meticulous and prayerfully select pilgrims as the exercise has been abused and turned into a jamboree.

Dr. Uduaghan who gave the advice yesterday when the Executive Secretary and members of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim welfare Commission paid him a courtesy call in Asaba said because of the development the new Christian Welfare Board in the state would not consist of politicians but only proven men of God.

Dr. Uduaghan regretted that instead of selecting Christians for the exercise, all sorts of people are included and some go on the pilgrimage not for spiritual enrichment and revival but for evil purposes.

He enjoined those on the selection board to be eagle eyed and not allow themselves to be intimidated and influenced into ungodly decisions that they cannot spiritually defend. “You should not allow enemies of progress especially those who go there to pray for the down fall of others to go on the pilgrimage. Only true Christians should be allowed to go there,” he said.

The governor promised to always take the issue of Christian pilgrimage seriously explaining that Delta State was a praying state and cannot therefore afford to toy with things that are Godly.

Dr. Uduaghan also promised to increase the number of Christians going on pilgrimage this year to justify the position of the state government on issues bordering on Christianity.

Explaining further he said “we are going to key into the Federal Government’s new slot. We want to encourage Deltans on the importance of prayers. In fact, I have just discussed with the Commissioner for Special Duties and I assure you that we will increase the slot”.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board Mr. John Kennedy Okpara announced that Christians going on pilgrimage from Delta State would be airlifted from Asaba International Airport.
Mr. Okpara commended the state government for the completion of the airport and expressed relief that it would reduce the cost of air transport.

He called on corporate organizations, local governments and individuals not to leave the sponsorship of pilgrims to state governments alone as the exercise carries in its shoulders a lot of blessings.

The Executive Secretary announced that Delta state has been allocated 1,500 pilgrims slot and enjoined the state to accept and sponsor the quota.

Disclosing that this year Pilgrimage would commence on October 29 and end December 29, Mr. Okpara enjoined states to make payment early as the Federal Government would not extend the date.





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