‘FCTA under pressure to sponsor more pilgrims to Israel’


Gbenga Omokhunu, Abuja

Nigerians put tremendous pressure on the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to sponsor more pilgrims to the holy lands of Israel, Rome and Egypt, Director, FCT Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dabara Audu Vingo, has said.

Vingo, who disclosed this during end of year press briefing over the weekend in Abuja, said there was “Pressure by intending pilgrims for government sponsorship.

He, however, noted that though there was increased government sponsorship of pilgrims, as well as number of editions from one to four, within the same period, a lot still needed to be done, especially in the area of funding.

He said: “Early and prompt release of funds by the administration (FCTA) for pilgrimage activities helped to ensure hitch-free conduct of Christian pilgrimage in the FCT.

“There has been increase in private sponsorship of Christian pilgrimage due to constant sensitisation campaigns in the media, churches, companies, market places and others.”

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