The Federal Government has appointed a new executive secretary for the Nigerian Christians Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).
He is Tor Uja, who assumed duties at the headquarters of the Commission on Monday, replacing his predecessor, John-Kennedy Opara.
Until his appointment, he was a pastor with the Mission House International Church, according to his information contained in his Linkedln profile.
The statement by the NCPC also described him as a seasoned journalist.
Mr. Uja becomes the second executive Secretary of the NCPC, after pioneer secretary, John-Kennedy Opara.
At a short handover ceremony on Monday, Mr. Uja congratulated Mr. Opara for his years of leadership at the commission.
He prayed God to uphold him in his future endeavours.
He assured the former NCPC boss that he would move the Commission forward beyond where he met it.
“Anywhere you stopped, we will make it better,” Mr. Uja said. “I am going to be interfacing with you”.
He promised to make a progressive link with the staff to move this nation forward.
Mr. Uja who had addressed the management team of the Commission earlier, said he believed so much in the efficacy of prayer.
“I believe that if we have the attitude for prayer, I know Nigeria can be helped,” he said.
He appreciated the good works that had been done in the Commission over the years.
“I think the Commission has done well in creativity and advancement,” he said.
Mr. Uja affirmed that his administration would market Jesus Christ and his value here and globally. He equally promised that he would ensure that those who had contact with the Commission have deeper understanding of Christ.
He also maintained that Christians should be in the vanguard of promoting Nigeria, and would want the Commission to market Nigeria so as to bring back Nigeria’s dignity.
Earlier in his remark at the handing-over ceremony, Mr. Opara briefed the new NCPC boss on the journey so far, especially how the Commission rose from grass to grace.
Mr. Opara stated that God helped the Commission to establish a system that worked very well.
He described NCPC as “Centre of Excellence”.
He stressed the need for Mr. Uja to have a robust synergy with stakeholders, stressing that government was a continuum and a process.
The former NCPC boss hinted that the Bilateral Air service Agreement (BASA) between Nigeria and State of Israel was signed in 2013, but that there was need for its activation to reduce hours pilgrims spend while flying to Israel.
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