Written by Austine ELEMUE

Minister orders FCT pilgrims board to begin mobilization

As part of efforts to utilize the pilgrims’ allocation to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, wants the FCT Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board to as a matter of urgency commence the early mobilization of intending pilgrims for next pilgrimage exercise to Israel. 

Bello made the call while receiving the report of 2015 Christian pilgrimage from the FCT ministerial delegation in his office.

He also said that the call has become necessary to enable the territory enjoy fully the number of allocations from the National Christian Commission. 

According to him, “I encourage you to try as much as possible to meet up whatever allocations that have been given to you from the National Christian Commission. There are times when it might be a bit challenging for you to even get your right allocation.

“Usually, decision makers will always have to look back and see what was the historical trend; if historically you have not been meeting up with whatever has been allocated to you, chances are that at the time when you want some increases, you find that it becomes very difficult to get.” 

Bello advised the board to encourage people to start saving towards the spiritual journey because the reality now is that it’s not possible for one to just bring out the funds hundred percent at once. 

He assured that all the issues raised in respect of last year’s pilgrimage in the report would be looked into and that his administration would support the board to achieve all set goals. 

Presenting the report, leader of the delegation, Senator Philip Aduda, revealed that a total number of 358 formed the FCT contingent to the 2015 pilgrimage but that 1,200 seats were allocated to it.

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