Buhari approves N160 to $1 for Christian pilgrims

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a special

exchange rate for this year’s Christian pilgrimage to Israel.

The Executive Secretary, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims

Commission, Mr. John Kennedy-Opara, disclosed this to

State House correspondents shortly after briefing the

President of the commission’s activities inside the

Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Kennedy-Opara said Buhari has approved the rate of N160

to $1 for those who will take part in the exercise.

He said, “The President has approved $1 to N160 for the

conventional exchange rate for this pilgrimage operation

and he also agreed that he will continue to encourage us

particularly as we drive to ensure self-sustenance, to make

sure that the pilgrims are able to pay for the pilgrimages

after removing government sponsorship.

“This is a journey and we are sure that we are going to

succeed. So the President was very happy with the entire

process.

“We are praying that God will help us to be a source of

strength to Mr. President, so that the Federal government

and states will spend the necessary resources on other

things while the pilgrimage is self-funding as time goes on.”

Kennedy-Opara said the President was happy with

commission after his presentation.

He said the commission was already running four different

kinds of pilgrimages in one year.

He listed them to include Easter pilgrimage; the youth

pilgrimage tagged “Operation catch them young”; the family

pilgrimage and the main pilgrimage.

He said those going to Israel for the 11 days trip will pay

N379,840, while the youth pilgrimage will cost N357,000.

“

The beauty of what we are doing is that we have added

skill acquisition. In other words, people who go on

pilgrimage can undergo the skill acquisition programme

organised by the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission

and Ministry of Agriculture, Israel to train our people in the

area of agriculture.

“We are also introducing the pilgrimage pilot lottery scheme

that will enable people who are lucky to be able to go on

this trip without much dependence on the state and the

Federal Government,” he added.


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