Against the backdrop of calls by some Nigerians that government at all levels should hands-off overseeing Pilgrimages, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has underscored the indispensability of government’s role at ensuring hitch-free Pilgrimage, especially for reasons bordering on international relations.
This was the submission of the South West Federal Commissioner of the agency, Deaconess Adefemi Tire, during the Screening Exercise Organised by the Ogun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board for intending pilgrims ahead of its December, 2017 pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
She explained that, “Even when the pilgrims are paying for their fare to the holy land, government still provides consular services, health care and prompt responses to emergency where and when necessary.”
Tire commended Ogun State for always setting standards for Christian Pilgrimage in the nation, urging the government not to rest on its oars at sustaining the development.
In his own submission, the Chairman, Ogun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Most Revd. Oludotun Ogunseyi, affirmed that the screening was an important aspect of the entire process, as it would avail the board the opportunity of accessing eligibility of the intending pilgrims towards determining their qualification for the journey to the holy land.