The new Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam has promised to address the issue of Nigerian pilgrims absconding during Pilgrimage to Israel.
He made this promise recently during his speech at a special thanksgiving service organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN in his honor which was held at the National Christian Centre Abuja.
According to Rev. Pam, addressing the issue in which pilgrims abscond is part of his greater plan to reposition the commission for a more effective service delivery and to redeem the image of the nation in the international community.
He appreciated the people for their show of love and promised not to fall short of their expectations of him. He also thanked the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari for considering him worthy of the appointment.
In his sermon, CAN President, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle described the responsibilities of the office of the NCPC Executive Secretary as very demanding and tasking. He urged him to be faithful, courageous, prayerful and innovative in his new place of assignment as did Daniel in Babylon.
While acknowledging the celebrant for his humility, Rev. Dr. Ayokunle urged him to be courageous in speaking the truth to high authorities when the need arises.
The Chairman of the occasion, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) represented by Senator George Akume described Rev. Pam as a veritable friend to all intending pilgrims and called on him to use his office to promote peace and religious harmony in the country.
Special prayers were offered for the new NCPC boss as goodwill messages came from the Deputy Senate President Hon. Ovie Omo Agege, Minister for Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen, former Speaker House of Representatives Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Executive Secretary TETFUND Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, representatives of the Governors of Plateau and Benue States among others.