Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri has urged members of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims’ Commission (NCPC) to explore the possibility of adopting certain parts of the country to serve as holy sites as part of efforts to check capital flight.
Diri made the call on Thursday during a courtesy visit by a delegation of the commission led by the Federal Commissioner in charge of the Southsouth zone, Mr Amachree Forgiven, in Government House, Yenagoa, the Nation reports.
The Governor stated: “For every pilgrimage, you embark on, there is a capital flight. There’s no doubt that there are sites in Nigeria that you can use for pilgrimage in view of our lean financial resources.
“It is on record that there is a place in Delta State where it is believed that the Bible fell from heaven. In my opinion, such sites could be adopted as a holy site.”
The Governor, represented by his Deputy, also appealed to the Federal Government to increase its financial support to the NCPC, as it does for the Hajj Commission.
Diri promised that his administration would provide support towards sponsoring intending pilgrims to the Holy Land within limits of available resources.
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