By Peter Usman
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission NCPC, Rev. Yakubu Pam has said that Nigeria has the most organized and efficient pilgrimage body in the world.
He made this assertion in Abuja recently while playing host to the Assistant General Overseer and Coordinator of the Northern Region of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Ezekiel Odeyem.
The NCPC boss posited that because of the mass movement of Christians and Muslims to the Holy Land of Israel and Mecca, the Federal Government had to establish both NCPC and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON to coordinate and regulate the activities of Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
Rev. Pam commended the founding fathers of this two pilgrimage bodies as well as President Muhammadu Buhari for their support for Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary told the clergy that as a Commission, NCPC is here to partner with all the Churches in the country.
He explained that the Commission would continue to encourage Pastors to preach messages that would elicit the interest of Christians to embark on Holy Pilgrimage.
He further reiterated the fact that the Commission by its Act empowers it to coordinate pilgrimages to Israel and other Holy sites around the world such as Greece and Rome.
Rev. Pam urged the fathers of the faith to own pilgrimage and drive the process.
The NCPC helmsman urged Pastor Odeyem to use his office to appeal to his faithful to buy into pilgrimage and encourage self-sponsorship of intending pilgrims.
He intimated the cleric that the Commission usually interfaces with various church leaders in order to bring them closer to the Commission and chart a new cause for Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria in line with the Commission’s mandate.
Rev. Pam cashed in on the visit to commend the visible innovation that the Redeemed Church of God had brought to the Ministry of God by ensuring that the presence of the Church is well felt in every nook and cranny of the country.
He further commended the visionary and sacrificial leadership of its General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye who has always been in the forefront of purposeful leadership.
Earlier, Pastor Ezekiel Odeyem told the Executive Secretary that he was in his office to congratulate him on his well-deserved appointment.
He further informed the NCPC boss that his church, the Redeemed Christian Church of God would partner with the Commission in pilgrimage matters.