Abuja - The Akwa Ibom State has dissolved the State Pilgrims Welfare Board following the expiration of the mandatory term of office of members of the board.
Governor Udom Emmanuel confirmed the dissolution.
He commended members of the outgoing board for the meritorious services rendered while serving in the Board spoke of their invaluable role which he said has culminated in the propagation of Christian values, virtues and beliefs in the state.
Udom observed that Akwa Ibom State sponsors the highest number of Christian Pilgrims to the Holy land and used the occasion to announce government’s decision to key into the training programmes initiated by the Commission to enable indigenes of the State benefit from the vast technology of other countries.
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The governor also commended the Pilgrims Commission for its efforts in ensuring that pilgrims have a safe and congenial atmosphere to observe the religious rites. He charged the Commission not to rest on it oars but use the platform to foster peace in the country.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, John Kennedy Opara, described pilgrimage as a veritable tool for moral transformation and spiritual rebirth.
He noted that pilgrims are expected to acquire skills in Israel so that they can be more productive on their return to Nigeria and that the introduction of family pilgrimage adds value to the skill acquisition programme which has been incorporated in the spiritual exercise.
- CAJ News