Asaba International Airport To Airlift Pilgrims To Holy Land

THE Delta State government is to collaborate with the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) to airlift pilgrims from the Asaba International Airport to the holy lands overseas.

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State said his administration would work with the NCPC to ensure that there were no hitches in the airlifting of the pilgrims, stating that neigbouring states should also, be allowed to make use of the airport to travel on pilgrimages.

Speaking at Warri when a team of the NCPC led by its Executive Secretary, Revd. John Kennedy Opara, paid him a courtesy visit, the Governor observed that the use of the Asaba International Airport to airlift pilgrims is a welcome development.

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), exchanging pleasantries with Pastor John Kennedy Okpara, Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission during a Courtesy call by the Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), exchanging pleasantries with Pastor John Kennedy Okpara, Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission during a Courtesy call by the Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), receiving an address from the Chairman, , Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission, Pastor John Okpara during a Courtesy call by Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), receiving an address from the Chairman, , Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission, Pastor John Okpara during a Courtesy call by Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), receiving an address from the Chairman, , Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission, Pastor John Okpara during a Courtesy call by Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of Delta State (left), receiving an address from the Chairman, , Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission, Pastor John Okpara during a Courtesy call by Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

from right: Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), Deputy Governor, Delta State, Senator James Manager, (Representing Delta South Senatorial District) and Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay, SSG during a Courtesy call by the Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

from right: Prof. Amos Utuama (SAN), Deputy Governor, Delta State, Senator James Manager, (Representing Delta South Senatorial District) and Comrade Ovuozuorie Macaulay, SSG during a Courtesy call by the Chairman, Nigerian Christian pilgrim Commission on the Governor in Warri, Delta State. Pix: Bripin Enarusai

He said that it is on record that pilgrims from Delta State to the different holy lands do not abscond but use such trips for spiritual and moral reasons

He disclosed that his administration has also mapped out programmes to ensure that pilgrims from the state do not only embark on the trips for spiritual and moral reasons, but also find time to study the agriculture programme of the places like Israel during pilgrimage.

“We have introduced a system where Deltans are allowed to study the nature of agriculture of the people of Israel while on pilgrimage, so, it is not only for spiritual benefit”, he stated noting that Nigeria has more fertile land than Israel but the agriculture sector of that country was thriving more.

He used the occasion to challenge the NCPC to have a laid-down procedure for intending pilgrims who wished to sponsor themselves to do so with ease, assuring that the state government would meet up with its quota of sending 1, 500 pilgrims to the holy land this year.

“For us in Delta State, we take the issue of pilgrimage very serious and we commend your efforts in encouraging Nigerians to go on pilgrimage because, there is a lot of benefits in going on pilgrimage,” Dr Uduaghan.

Earlier, Revd. Opara who accompanied by Commissioners in the NCPC, lauded Governor Uduaghan for the massive development being witnessed in Delta State, observing that Governor Uduaghan has a great vision for the state adding, “I believe that you coming to Delta State as a Governor is divine.”

He disclosed that 1, 500 slots have been allocated to Delta State for the next pilgrimage, stating that plans were on for the pilgrims to be airlifted from the Asaba International Airport.

Revd. Opara stated that it was important for Nigerians to go on pilgrimage because of the spiritual and moral benefits of having such trips, adding that families were now encouraged to go on pilgrimage together because a lot of benefits are derivable when families pray together.

 

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  1. Goddy Wichendu August 29, 2013 at 2:15 am -

    This is so embarrassing. If a so called Holy land is some where else, outside your own home, why build churches and other religious houses here then? When will our people realize that God is everywhere and it is also written in the same.scripture book that wherever two or three are gathered in my name their prayers will be at least heard. Lots of good money will be wasted going to pump up other people’s economy, while millions of people are going jobless and hungry, committing armed robbery and kidnaping as a living. This type of green agriculture practiced in Israel using desert land can be found on the internet. You do not send ignorant pilgrims to go and sort of spy on it, when you can send professionals to go and study and come back and replicate the same. The new agriculture today is about using a small piece of land to feed millions. It is all over now and not only found in Israel. Pigrimage is just an excuse for people to steal money.

    For one these holy lands have not tasted peace for at least 3000 years, and there is still no hope in sight. All rooted in who owns Abraham. That should be non of African people’s concern. What kind of God chooses a bloody land as his or her holy place? I do not begrudge their history. But it is their own story. Africans ahould sit back and fix up their own story and take care of their homes. Religion has engendered tremondous self-hate in Africans. Until they liberate themselves from this slavish and self-imposed suicidal mentality they are bound for extinction. Governor, please wake up. I weep for all of you.