The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), on Saturday conducted a nationwide online examinations for the medical personnel ahead for the 2019 pilgrimage.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Rev Tor Uja, said that the examination which was a selection process, was going on simultaneously across the six geo-political zones.
Uja said that the results would come out immediately at the end of the examination.
He said that the selection process was aimed at getting the best medical personnel for the pilgrimage.
According to him, the health safety and conditions of pilgrims were taking seriously, hence the need for the selection process aimed on getting the best hands on board for the pilgrimage.
Uja who was represented by Rev Amos Yohanna, Director of Operation, NCPC at the JAMB Model Computer Based Test (CBD) in Bwari, urged the medical practitioners who would be selected for the 2019 pilgrimage to be selfless in the discharge of their duties.
He said that the pilgrimage which was a spiritual meeting with Christ, having a changed and transformation of life, could bring development to Nigeria.
Uja assured the candidates that the process would be fair, just and simple, adding that the questions were set by the Federal Medical Committee and that the Commission had no input.
Dr Esther Bolarinwa, one of the participants said the process had improved tremendously as compared to previous years.
“It used to be written manually and trust me; I don’t believe in the process at that time, after the exam, I will feel that there are some manipulations that will determine the selection process.
“But with the adoption of the CBD method, where you get to see your result immediately, I think it will help in calming ones blood pressure,’’ she said.
NCPC reassures Nigerians of integrity, transparency in procurement process
The Director in Charge of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mrs Esther Kwaghe, has assured service providers that the commission would always ensure integrity and transparency especially in its procurement process.
This was made known in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, by Celestine Toruka, Assistant Director, Media and Public Relations, NCPC.
Kwaghe reassured Nigerians of integrity and transparency during the final Financials and Technical bid opening for Ground Handlers and Air carriers for the 2020 Christian Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome.
“I want to encourage our partners that this Commission will try to stand on integrity.”
She affirmed that the bid opening was the second procurement process for the 2020 Christian Pilgrimage Exercise.
Kwaghe commended the Federal Government on the way and manner it had handled the menace of COVID-19.
She enjoined all Nigerians to embrace and come nearer to God more than ever before, saying that this was the time to pray fervently so that the Lord will see our country through.
She congratulated the two Ground Handlers and Air Carrier that scaled through the selection process for the 2020 Pilgrimage Exercise.
The director said that in selecting the service providers for the pilgrimage exercise, the commission was guided by the principles of the Public Procurement Act of 2007.
The high point of the bid process was the opening of the procurement box and the unveiling of the envelops submitted by the service providers.
The Financials and Technical bid for the 2020 Christian Pilgrimage was attended by Mr Nura Mohammed, a representative of the Director of Procurement, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
There were other observers from the Civil Society Organisations.
They all adjudged the NCPC’s procurement process as being very transparent.
In his assessment, Mohammed affirmed that the NCPC bid opening for 2020 Christian Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome was in line with the Public Procurement Act of 2007.
Similarly, Mrs Chioma Nwosu of Faith Man Foundation, described the NCPC’s bid opening process as transparent as always.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NCPC to suspend Easter pilgrimage due to Covid-19
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), on Sunday said it would postpone the Easter pilgrim exercise to Israel and Rome due to the coronavirus disease spreading across globe.
The NCPC said this in Abuja during a Board and Management retreat aimed at discussing the operations of the Commission in 2020.
Mr Yomi Kasali, Chairman, NCPC, said that the commission was being proactive in re-considering the Easter operation due to the coronavirus.
He added that the commission was monitoring events around the Holy lands.
”We have suspended Easter pilgrims exercise and a communique on the suspension would be issued; it has nothing to do with faith, we have to flow with the nation.
”The situation is beyond us and the President has given us a directive as well. We must do things for the interest of Nigerians only.
”For instance, Rome is on lock down. If the country we are visiting is on lock down, what can we do? We have to hold on till things improves.
”If Rome says do not come due to the coronavirus disease, it does not make sense that we start taking our people there.
”But we will continue to monitor situations and outcomes will be communicated,” he said.
Mrs Esther Kwaghe, Acting Executive Secretary, NCPC, said that the Commission would continue to do its best to ensure that the pilgrim exercise was carried out effectively without hitches.
Kwaghe said t
hat as soon as the coronavirus disease is curtailed, Nigerians would be updated..
NAN reports that t
he NCPC had earlier announced that the 2020 Easter pilgrimage exercise to Israel would start on April 18.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu and Ephraims Sheyin
NCPC boss urges pilgrims to protect, monitor one another to check absconding
Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, the Acting Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), has charged pilgrims to protect, monitor and report fellow pilgrims with intention to abscond.
Kwaghe gave the charge at the seventh transportation of the 2019 general Christian pilgrimage to Israel and Rome on Sunday.
She said pilgrims must be security to one another to help catch those with the intention of absconding, adding that this was another method to help identify pilgrims who had the potential to abscond.
Kwaghe described pilgrimage as a spiritual journey that transforms life and urged the intending pilgrims to thank God for considering them worthy to re-examine their lives.
She said the commission had put in place all necessary arrangements for a hitch free pilgrimage for the year and would continue to strive to ensure no one absconded.
Kwaghe urged the intending pilgrims to resist the temptation of absconding during the pilgrimage and to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and their families.
“It is an opportunity for you to increase your faith and it will be an opportunity to fellowship with other Christians’’ she said.
She congratulated the intending pilgrims from Lagos State for their bold initiative to embark on holy pilgrimage to strengthen their faith in the Lord.
Edited by: Chukwudi Ekezie
NCPC boss urges zero abscondment in pilgrimage exercise
Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, Director, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, has charged the Security Committee for the 2019 Christian Pilgrimage exercise to ensure zero abscondment.
Kwaghe, in a statement by Celestine Toruka, Head, Media a8nd Public Relations, on Sunday in Abuja, urged the committee to identify pilgrims who had the potential to abscond.
According to the statement, “abscondment has been a very big challenge to Christian Pilgrimage over the years”.
“It is one vice we must do everything possible to curb.
“God has singled you out for service to serve Nigeria and humanity; you must put in your best and serve well,” he said.
Kwaghe stressed that Nigeria is blessed with so much resources that no citizen should aspire to live elsewhere, urging Nigerians to look inward and explore available resources toward personal and national development.
She, however, charged the committee to diligently carry out its duties and accord the pilgrims the respect they deserve.
She further urged them to do everything humanly possible to achieve the terms of reference so as to help the commission to achieve a successful pilgrimage exercise.
In his response, John Alifa, Coordinator of the Security Committee, thanked the Commission for giving them the opportunity to serve.
Alifa promised that the committee would do everything possible to achieve a zero abscondment for this year’s pilgrimage.
Members of the 2019 security sub-committee were drawn from the Armed Forces, paramilitary services, and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.
NCPC to inaugurate 2019 general pilgrimage to Israel, Rome, Dec.1
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) says it will formally launch the 2019 general pilgrimage to Israel and Rome on Dec. 1
The Head, Media and Public Relations, NCPC, Mr Celestine Toruka, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Toruka, the inauguration ceremony will take place in Lagos with the inaugural flight made up of intending pilgrims from Lagos State who would be flown to Israel.
He said that the event was earlier scheduled for Nov. 17, but was shifted due to operational reasons.
Toruka said the theme for this year’s general pilgrimage is “Engaging Christian Pilgrimage for National Change and Development”.
The head of media and public relations said that this year’s general pilgrimage would cover only two destination countries – Israel and Rome.
He added that the general pilgrimage would run from December 2019 until January 2020, and that all logistics had been put in place by the commission for a hitch-free exercise.
He urged all intending pilgrims to the Holy Land to be guided by the commission’s corporate slogan, “Proclaiming Christ, Serving Nigeria”.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Donald Ugwu
NCPC to modify pilgrimage, make it more spiritual, developmental
The Director, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mrs Esther Kwaghe, says the commission is making efforts to modify Christian pilgrimage and make it more spiritual and developmental.
Kwaghe made this known in a statement by Celestine Toruka, Head, Media and Public Relations, NCPC, on Saturday in Abuja.
She spoke during a sensitisation visit to the Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Mannasseh Jatau.
She explained that part of the new developments the commission would introduce in the exercise included skill acquisition and agricultural expositions.
The NCPC boss intimated her host that Gombe state had continued to be “one of our key players in pilgrimage development over the years.”
She commended the state government for its consistency in sponsorship of Christians to the Holy Land.
She solicited for more sponsorship of Christians to Israel, adding that she had already tasked stakeholders in the state to ensure they complemented the effort of the government.
kwaghe told the deputy governor that the 2019 general pilgrimage was around the corner and that the two major religions in Nigeria – Christianity and Islam – knew the importance of the exercise.
She explained that pilgrimage to Israel helped Christians to renew their faith in God and at the same time make the Bible alive.
The director informed him that the Gombe state contingent to Israel had never recorded any single case of abscondment and attributed it to the home-grown discipline instilled in the pilgrims by government.
Responding, the deputy governor said that the government of Gombe state realised the spiritual benefits of pilgrimage to both Christians and Muslims.
Jatau stressed that the society had become morally bankrupt and that evil had increased at an alarming rate.
He noted that pilgrimage had a great role to play in the reawaken the conscience of Christians through prayer in the Holy Land.
According to him, we need pilgrimage now more than ever; we need to go back to God.
Jatau promised that the state government would continue to support and sponsor Christians to the Holy Land despite its dwindling resources.
Edited by Ejike Obeta/Felix Ajide
NCPC reduces 2019 pilgrimage fare to N715, 000
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has reviewed and reduced the cost of 2019 pilgrimage fare to the State of Israel from N750,000 to N715,000.
The Chairman of the Commission, Rev. Yomi Kasali, revealed this on Friday at the signing of the agreement of the 2019 pilgrimage contract between the commission and the service providers that would participate in the Christian pilgrimage exercise to the Holy Land.
Kasali explained that the cost of pilgrimage was reduced due to pleas from stakeholders, adding that the country was faced with tough times and so not everyone could afford the initial fee.
“I want to inform the general public that this year’s 2019 pilgrimage cost has been reduced to N715,000.
“The fees were reduced because we looked at the plea of the states during the conference of states meeting. We have a responsive leadership, our management and the board sat and reviewed it downward.
“We thought we should consider tough times are here and Nigerians want to go, if there was anything that we could do to make it lower, we would have done it.
“So, we thought that was good, we were just responding as a board to the plea of our stakeholders and they are the conference of states so that it can be more affordable, ” he said.
Kasali called on the air carriers and the ground handlers to do what is expected from them and urged Christians to sign up for the 2019 pilgrimage.
The Acting Executive Secretary, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, expressed delight on the terms and conditions that would govern this year’s pilgrimage, adding that the legal unit of this commission had finalised everything.
She thanked Buhari for the opportunity given to her to serve in this period of the commission’s transition.
“I am happy on the terms and condition that will govern this year’s pilgrimage. We are therefore, here to sign this contract in line with due process of book keeping requirements.
“The legal unit of this commission has finalised and also made copies of the agreement with air carriers and ground handlers.
“Let me add this to our business partners that the commission wants value for money, wants protection of its pilgrims. The commission wants projection of the Christian faith and the integrity of Nigerians.
“I urge you ground handlers and air carriers to be faithful in keeping to the terms of the contract, I assure you that we will also keep to our own terms and do our best with all diligence to meet up to the obligations,” Kwaghe said.
In her remarks, Mrs Josephine Zinder, President, Tailor Made Tours, a ground handling company in Israel, said she was optimistic of a successful pilgrimage.
Zinder assured the commission that they would make it right in progress and unity, adding that pilgrims would get excellence, and Nigerians were the most loyal believers to Israel.
“We are all committed to do the best of the best. What we saw today was a full collaboration of NCPC with a opened heart and mind and we also celebrate this day,” she said.
Mr Serkan Yazicioglu, Executive Director, Atlas Jet, an air carrier company, said that the pilgrims should expect transformation during the exercise and assured that the company would give its maximum cooperation to see that pilgrims arrive safely.
Edited by Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide
Buhari terminates appointment of NCPC secretary
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate termination of the appointment of Rev. Tor Uja as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).
In a statement issued by Mr Willie Bassey, Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), in Abuja on Tuesday, the government said the action was “in line with the provision of Section 4, Sub-Section 3 of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Act.
“Ujah has, therefore, been directed to hand over to Mrs Esther Kwaghe, Director of Administration in the commission, who is to oversee the office, pending the appointment of a substantive executive secretary.
Meanwhile, the president directed the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to work out an appropriate framework for the operation of offshore account maintained by NCPC, and all other Federal Government agencies in order to streamline their operations.
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