Buhari to end FG sponsorship of pilgrimage


President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari is set to pull the plug on federal government sponsorship of pilgrims to Israel and Saudi Arabia, noting that, pilgrims will have to sponsor themselves on the holy trip.
Buhari’s decision to end the sponsorship was made known to journalists in Abuja by Mr John-Kennedy Opara, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).
Opara who made this known in Abuja on Monday while briefing State House correspondents shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the commission said the president will however continue to encourage the Commission as it moves towards self-sustenance.
The executive secretary further explained that the President agreed to encourage the two religious bodies to become self-sustaining by making pilgrims to pay their pilgrimage bills and thus remove government’s sponsorship.
“I came as invited by the President to brief him on the activities of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission.
“You will agree with me earlier my colleague the chairman of the Hajj commission had come to brief him.
“So, I had to tell him where we are, how we started the commission and where we are today and our prayers.
John-Kennedy Opara, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC)
“And I want to say that the President was very happy with the commission; he said ‘you have done very well, the commission has done very well and as far as we are concerned, we need to support the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission as well as the Hajj commission
“You are already aware, he has approved one dollar to N160 for the concessional exchange rate for this year’s pilgrimage operation.
“He has also agreed that he will continue to encourage us, especially as we drive to ensure self-sustenance, to make sure that the pilgrims are able to pay for their pilgrimage, removing government’s sponsorship.
“This is a journey and we are …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper