Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chairman Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board (CPWB), Anambra State, Dr Levi Monanu, has said that the Anambra State Government had spent N374 million on sponsoring about 805 pilgrims to the Holy Land while 14 pilgrims went on personal sponsorship. Monanu stated this after a thanks giving service for 2014 and 2015 pilgrimage held by the board in Awka to thank God for successful conduct of the exercise .
He said the service was aimed at thanking God for his mercy, love and grace in leading the pilgrims on a safe and qualifruitful pilgrimage as there was no tell-tales from the outset to conclusion of the trip.
“We recorded no flight mishap, no pilgrim got injured or missing in the Holy land, all participated actively in the pilgrimage activities and fulfilled the purpose for which we went to Israel and returned safely.
“ The Pilgrims went to Israel, saw sites of Christian Religion History and conquered unbelief, their lives can never be same,’’ he said.
He said Anambra had the highest pilgrims in South East, Nigeria, that undertook the trips, adding that the pilgrims conducted themselves in line with the Motto of the Holy visit , “Pilgrimage A Tool for Moral and Spiritual Transformation.’’
Monanu commended the State Government for supporting the board, noting that the state was first to embark on Agricultural and Leadership training in Israel.
Governor Wille Obiano, commended the pilgrims for representing the state well and assured that government would continue to support the exercise .
The governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke, said pilgrimage was a tool for human and social development as the trip had assisted in reforming and building responsible citizens for development of the state.
Mr. Peter Afeaneji –Okhueleigbe, South East Zonal Coordinator of Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), said that Anambra had continued to make the zone proud by being good ambassador during pilgrimage.
He commended the government for their support to the board which had afforded it ample time to plan well for the trip. Prof Vincent Anigbogu , the Director-General, Institute for National Transformation, Abuja, said that pilgrimage was a tool used to infuse character formation among the people