Adamawa introduces agric pilgrimage to Israel

Governor Jibrilla Bindow
Photo: BBC Hausa
Governor Jibrilla Bindow Photo: BBC Hausa

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.

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  • Du Covenant

    Utter nonsense!. Government should have no business is sponsoring people to go on religious pilgrimage. It is a waste of scarce public resources. Provide proper education to the younger generation, every agric system Israel is using is documented in any modern agric textbook. The average black African does not believe is R&D and this is our main problem. We have Agric schools all over the country as well as faculties of Agric in our Universities, what do these Professors do?. The key is R&D, lets study our soil, seed protection, ehancement etc…..Put the money you waste sending people on pilgrimage into these Agric schools and lets develop our own specific solutions that will be lasting instead!.

  • Ayo Aiyelabola

    If the idea is to acquire skills in agriculture why not take the template of Zimbabwe farmers located in Kwara state. I am not a Saraki fan, truth be told, he got it right in bringing some Zimbabwe farmers to Kwara. Although sadly enough, even Kwara itself has not exploited the immense potential that project has. For me, the idea of a state government sponsoring pilgrimage to Israel under the guise of getting them acquire skills in agriculture is a cover for profligacy. Thousands of agaric graduates are in Nigeria who can develop templates to revamp that sector cheaper and functional. Religion should remain personal to individuals and governments should not be seen as sponsoring it under any guise.