The Anambra State chairman of the Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Prof Steve Ibenta has disclosed that the Board has mapped out strategies to ensure that Pilgrimage becomes a true tool for spiritual transformation.
Prof Ibenta said the board would henceforth explore sources of funding and sponsorship from individuals and corporate organizations.
This was in response to Gov Willie Obiano charge for the Board to develop creative ideas to mobilize financial support towards sponsoring Pilgrims to the Holy Land.
The Governor received a delegation from the National Christian Pilgrims Commission, Abuja that paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka, the state capital.
He described pilgrimage as a refreshing spiritual experience which every Christian must endeavour to experience.
He pointed out that it was in recognition of this fact that his administration sponsored the highest number of pilgrims ever sent to the Holy Land by any previous administration in the state, in 2014.
Because of general sharp drop in revenue, he observed, his administration was not able to sponsor anyone on pilgrimage last year (2015).
He said the private sponsorship initiative has become necessary to ensure that Christians are not denied the Jerusalem experience due to paucity of funds.
He assured that the state government will revisit the sponsorship issue once the economy improves.
The leader of the delegation and Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Ujah Tor Ujah stated that Gov Obiano has brought true leadership to the state through his transformational strides across the various sectors.
He called on all men of God in the state to continue to pray for the actualization of his development blueprint.
He revealed that in its bid to afford the younger generation the opportunity to connect with the land of covenant where Jesus walked, the Commission has introduced the Youths pilgrimage to impart in them spiritual rejuvenation, nationalistic attitude and renewed interest in Agriculture.
The State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria,(CAN), Apostle Tim Okpala thanked the present administration for its commitment towards issues bordering on the welfare of Christians.
He added that with what he has achieved so far, Ndi Anambra have no other choice but to avail him their support.
From Chuks Collins, Awka