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06th March, 2018.
Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja (4th right; Ghanaian Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr. Samuel Kofi Dzamesi (3rd right); NCPC Ex-Officio Member Representing Foreign Affairs Mr. Nnamdi Nze and other staff of Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Ghana during their three-day visit to understudy NCPC over Pilgrimage strategy, at NCPC Corporate Headquarter in Abuja, today


The Ghanaian delegation to understudy the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission has disclosed that they have learnt more than they expected from Nigeria.

The delegation who embarked on a three-day working visit to understudy the NCPC strategy also lauded the commission for accepting their request.

The minister, Religious and Chieftaincy Affairs, Republic of Ghana, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi made the disclosure recently in Abuja during an interactive session with the press at NCPC headquarters.

Dzamesi while commending the commission said that they have been able to solve more than thirty challenges out of the 114 mentioned.

Dzamesi stated that the NCPC has made history in Africa. Adding that Nigeria is the only country in Africa that has been able to perfect pilgrimage by setting up pilgrims commissions at both national and state levels.

"We have understudied you and we have learnt so many things, when we get back to Ghana, we will use your model as our basic model to start up pilgrimage for our country.

"Though we will not be able to do it on our own, from time to time, we will invite you over to put us through when we encounter challenges. Africa needs to see within the continent in order to strengthen unity and succeed," he said.

The Executive Secretary, NCPC, Rev Tor Uja earlier in his speech lauded the delegation for finding NCPC worthy to understudy.

He called on African leaders to give greater attention to the younger generation, invest, and inculcate in them the understanding of what Africa stands for.

He added, "Nigeria has a specific pilgrimage for youth which comes up in July. The objective is not just to visit holy sites for prayers but to improve skills acquisition, exposure to agriculture in Israel with the desire to return, be more lucrative and develop something better for Africa.

The Ghanaian delegation arrived Nigeria on 25th February, 2018 with a 7 man team for a 3 days working visit to understudy the Nigerian Christian pilgrimage processes.

During their working visit they had series of technical sections with NCPC team and strategic stakeholders on the rudiments of pilgrimaging so that they can replicate the model with modifications to fit their peculiarity.

The delegation also visited the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.Boss Mustapha, and also visited the National Christian Centre, because according to the leader of the delegation, Ghana needs to build its own National Cathedral so such a visit was apt and timely.

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