Christians on pilgrimage to Jerusalem from Adamawa State are now to seek new skills in agriculture, in addition to spiritual upliftment.
The Executive Secretary of the State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Jinga Mayo, said the board was introducing “agriculture pilgrimage” to derive more from the religious exercise by injecting a platform that will enable pilgrims learn new farming skills from agriculture experts in Israel.
Jerusalem is a centre of annual pilgrimage for some Christians seeking practical experience of what the bible teaches.
Mr. Mayo, speaking at a programme titled “Touch a Heart” organized by the board to encourage more sponsors of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, said the new component would ensure that between 50 and 100 pilgrims from the state benefitted from agricultural training while in Israel.
He said those trained would be expected to serve as facilitators in training others in their communities when they return.
“The board is selecting people that will double the pilgrimage with opportunities to learn from the Israelis the secrets of their survival as a nation in a desert land that has no oil and yet has a strong economy in the world today,” Mr. Mayo said.
The Board urged well to do Christians to not only perform the pilgrimage but support others to do so.
Mr. Mayo lauded the support given the board by the state government and urged intending pilgrims to reciprocate by praying for peace and prosperity of the state and Nigeria in the Holy land.
Governor Muhammadu Bindow, who was represented at the event by the Commissioner of Education, Kaletapwa Farauta, said his administration was committed to supporting pilgrims.
He also lauded the board for its effort in encouraging non-government sponsorship.
“Today is remarkable in the history of the State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board for organizing this wonderful programme”, Mr. Bindow said.
“I am glad seeing these category of personalities that responded to the call by the management of the board towards private sponsorship which is gratifying.”
In their respective remarks, chairman of the board, Amos Yakubu, and the National President of Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, David Kadzai, lauded the state government for its commitment to transforming the state, in spite of daunting challenges. He called for unity among the diverse people of the state to complement government’s efforts.