By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The mandate of the NIgeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) is to facilitate visits to all Holy sites where Jesus Christ worked while on Earth.
Executive Secretary of NCPC, Reverend Yakubu Pam gave the assurance in his remarks at a ceremony marking his one year anniversary at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday July 7, 2021.
“Mandate is to visit all known Christian Holy sites where Christ worked during His short ministry.
“Today, I’m glad to say, after several efforts put in we are embarking on the 2020 pilgrimage to the Holy Kingdom of Jordan this month of July all things being equal.
“The decision became crucial after reviewing the prevailing
predicament,” he said.
Reverend Pam explained that Jordan played an important role in biblical history being the center where Jesus Christ began his earthly ministry after the Jordanian baptism.
“This is by far a novel initiative which the commission through the Act of Parliament that established it is introducing under my stewardship,” he added.
He explained that the Commission the previous year before his assumption of office, had not carried out any pilgrimage, prompting them to swing into action.
“From the briefings I received, I understood the challenges that led to that and I immediately called for a management meeting where far-reaching decisions were taken.
“Realizing the importance and primacy of my duty, I swung into action leading to meeting with most key drivers and stakeholders across the country.
“From state Governors to Religious leaders (Heads of churches/denominations) andother critical players from both the six zones and the thirty-six states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
“I must say, the advocacy visits paid off and became an added impetuous to renewing the spirit of pilgrimage in the country,” he said
He recognized the spirit of resilience so far exhibited by the NCPC Board Chairman under the able leadership of Rev. Yomi Kasali.
“Also, my special appreciation to all management staff of the Commission led by the Director of Administration, other Departmental Directors, and their stafffor providing me with the bureaucratic compass to operate.
“The teamwork wouldn’t have been a success story today without yourinvaluable contributions.
“To my friends, in the media, I must acknowledge the various roles you have played and still playing in helping me deliver on my mandate.
“I have found in you the pillar of support relating my activities the last year to the outside world.
“Indeed, you are very special to my heart,” he said.