NCPC to Synergize with NHC For Better Pilgrimage Operations
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja, has emphasized the need for sustained cooperation between the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON).
The NCPC Secretary made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to his counterpart at NAHCON Alhaji Abdullahi Muktar in Abuja.
The NCPC boss described the Hajj Commission as a ‘senior brother’ and as such would be glad to cooperate with the commission for mutually beneficial relationship.
According to Rev. Uja, “We need continued cooperation between the Hajj Commission in technical social and financial matters. He posited that this would help the country better how if there was enhanced cooperation between the two groups.
The NCPC Secretary recalled with happiness how NAHCON was very instrumental to the successful take off of NCPC at the threshold of its creation when the commission accommodated NCPC free in their complex for two years.
Rev. Uja commended NAHCON for its resilience for running pilgrimages over the years on a sound footing. He however, admitted that the time has come when Nigeria must be built on firm ground.
He explained that Nigeria has invested and is still investing in pilgrimages and as such there is need for the country to begin to reap from such massive spiritual investments.
Rev. Uja said “Nigeria has commendably invested and is still investing generously in pilgrimage project. The nation therefore deserves positive returns from pilgrimage operations.” The cleric stressed the need for the two Commissions to hold regular interactions in order to achieve positive development in the pilgrimage sub-sector and accelerated development in the country.
The NCPC Secretary further advocated for deeper and more enduring programmes that would help reduce unnecessary crisis in the country.
Rev. Uja said, “The biggest challenge we face as a nation is the ever heightening religious crisis, notably between Christianity and Islam which we represent.” Therefore, he stressed the need for NCPC and Hajj Commission to convene a national five day Christian- Muslim Leadership Conference of Nigeria this year which according to him should be held between July and August. Responding, the Chairman of National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Abdullahi Muktar, expressed gratitude to the Executive Secretary for the visit.
According to him, “Your presentation is full of wisdom, your sincerity touch my emotions, especially in the area of ensuring enduring peace among Christians and Muslims.”
Alhaji Muktar emphasized that without peace there would be no meaningful development in the country. He stressed the need to see peace as a priority and vigorously pursued it in line with the agenda of the present administration.
He appealed for NCPC and Hajj Commission to convene meetings of Executive Secretaries of the States Moslem Pilgrim Welfare Boards and States Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards before convening the national dialogue. The NAHCON Chairman commended the NCPC Secretary for such creative thinking. He also affirmed that the relationship between NCPC and his Commission was an old one.
Alhaji Muktar said “We look at NCPC as a brotherly organization.” He assured of his readiness to continue to partner with NCPC and dialogue in order to improve on the statutory functions of the two Agencies.