From Sam O. Sam, Lafia
Executive Secretary, Nasarawa State Christian Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Barrister Clement Odeh, has charged Christians in the area to imbibe the spirit of self-sponsorship to the Holy Land.
The Board secretary made the appeal during a chat with newsmen in Lafia, the state capital.
Odeh, who frowned at the attitude of some Christians in the state for depending only on government allocation of seats to go to Israel and Rome to perform their religious obligation at the expense of self-sponsorship, advised them to make a rethink and work out modalities to shoulder the responsibility.
According to him, some state governments due to lack of resources have since ceased to sponsor pilgrims, noting that Nasarawa state being almost the least on the Federation Account Allocation table can withdraw from sponsoring pilgrims too, adding that if this happens, Christians in the state will be worse hit.
He emphasized the need for Christians who are well placed in the society to support those that cannot afford a slot to go on pilgrimage to the holy land.
According to Odey, the Board will partner with the new CAN leadership in the state as well as effect enlightenment programmes on the need for Christians to sponsor themselves to the Holy Land.
He commended Governor Al-Makura for his support and assistance to the Board, assuring him of the Boards continuous loyalty.