Benue govt to partner with NCPC on pilgrimage

Governor of Benue State, His Excellency, Samuel Ortom (4th left), with the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Reverend Tor Uja (middle) and management staff of NCPC during the Governor’s visit to the commission’s corporate headquarters in Abuja, recently.

The Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom has said that he would support the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission in exposing Benue farmers to the agricultural advancement of Israel.

He disclosed this in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Reverend Tor Uja as he promised to organize some farmers who would go to Israel and come and help the State to improve its agricultural strength.

Governor Ortom further assured that he would also strategise with the Executive Members of his cabinet to go on pilgrimage to Israel to pray for themselves and for the state so that they would all be on the same page. In his words, “we will continue to support the Commission within the available resources”. He equally affirmed, “we will continue to partner and work with you, the activities of this Commission are very critical to Christian life’.

Governor called on Christians to stop paying lip service to God because according to him, “the solution to Nigeria’s problem is that we need to go back to God. He said, “the deeper we are to God the better for the country”.

He explained that though the economy of the country is facing serious challenges, those who are committed to things of God would continue to support the cause of christians who are committed to things of God would continue to support the cause of Christian pilgrimage. He advised the NCPC boss to always put God first in anything he does because in his words, “you are carrying God on behalf of Nigeria”. While he further called on the NCPC leadership and Nigerians to always pray for those in leadership position.

Governor Ortom thanked God for making him the Governor of Benue State, adding that the state is a Christian state.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of NCPC Reverend Tor Uja thanked the Governor for being the first Governor to officially visit him since assumption of office.

He intimated the Governor that the primary mandate of NCPC was to organise and coordinate pilgrimages to Israel and other Holy Sites around the world.

The NCPC boss explained that for effective execution and implementation of the NCPC mandate, the commission must work with strategic Institutions and organisations which include Ground Handlers, Churches and individual groups in order to realise its mandate.

The NCPC boss assured the Governor that he would remove the issue of absconment and reduce excessive shopping during pilgrimage.

He stated that Benue state is not owing the commission in any way and thanked the governor for being supportive to the commission.