@SpeakerDogara To Sponsor Youths For Agricultural Training In Israel

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has promised to sponsor some youth for agricultural pilgrimage to Israel.

He revealed this while declaring open, the second Christian Pilgrimage Stakeholders’ Summit held at the National Christian Centre, earlier today.

While commending the organisers for their various special pilgrimage programmes, Speaker Dogara commended the leadership of the NCPC under John Kennedy Opara and his entire team who he said has been doing a wonderful job over the years.

“During the ‘A Day with Jesus for Nigeria in Israel’ special pilgrimage, I interacted with pilgrims and the medical team, I visited the clinic established by the Commission at the Nigerian House to solve the problem of escalating hospital bills in Israel.  The clinic came as collaboration with NCPC stakeholders, at no cost to Nigerian government.” Speaker Dogara stated in his speech

He continued, “I also visited the agricultural sites where the youths are exposed to the Leadership and Skill Acquisition Programme. I was so inspired, I sponsored some youths immediately, who became as inspired as myself and have began to use the new knowledge and exposure in the farms as they returned to Nigeria.”

Speaker Dogara further said he will sponsor more people so they can learn various methodologies of farming.

“I have also discussed with the Executive Secretary that I am sending another batch and I urge other leaders to key into this because the future of our country and our youths lies with wealth creation through skill acquisition.” Dogara said.

Read his full speech below:

REMARKS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,  RT. HON YAKUBU DOGARA, AS A SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE 2ND CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE STAKEHOLDERS’ SUMMIT AT THE NATIONAL  CHRISTIAN CENTRE ON 23RD FEBRUARY, 2016.

Protocols :
I am delighted to start my day’s work today with our spiritual leaders and other stakeholders of NCPC. It is equally commendable that we have gathered to deliberate and secure a plan for the sustenance of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria. Let me also commend the leadership of the NCPC under the able John Kennedy Opara and his entire team who have been doing a wonderful job over the years.

2. I witnessed firsthand the Commission’s impactful programmes when I flagged off the 2015 Youth Pilgrimage and when I led other leaders in government for “A Day with Jesus for Nigeria in Israel”. It was a day of prayer in the presence of God like no other. I drew strength from the prayers and I have no doubt that it is so for other leaders and pilgrims.

3.  During the special pilgrimage, I interacted with pilgrims and the medical team, I visited the clinic established by the Commission at the Nigerian House to solve the problem of escalating hospital bills in Israel.  The clinic came as collaboration with NCPC stakeholders, at no cost to Nigerian government. I also visited the agricultural sites where the youths are exposed to the Leadership and Skill Acquisition Programme. I was so inspired, I sponsored some youths immediately, who became as inspired as myself and have began to use the new knowledge and exposure in the farms as they returned to Nigeria.

4. To this end, I have also discussed with the Executive Secretary that I am sending another batch and I urge other leaders to key into this because the future of our country and our youths lies with wealth creation through skill acquisition. The achievements of NCPC and spiritual impact of the pilgrimage make me proud to be a Christian and a Nigerian.

5.  The benefits of prayers and spiritual exercises such as pilgrimage cannot be overemphasized but sometimes the resources for such exercises are simply not there for a lot of our people. In this regard, when we pool resources and apportion the limited resources to sponsor certain number of pilgrims at each of the four pilgrimages in a year through the “WIN A TRIP TO ISREAL” promo, we encourage more Christians to participate. When a portion of the pooled resources go to the government trust fund to pay for special /intervention projects, we perform a civic duty that gives us an advantage; to suggest special/intervention projects that would benefit our people. Needful to mention too that a portion of such resources also goes to provide the Church an additional stream of income.

6.  When the Executive Secretary and his team spoke with me about the “Win a Trip to Israel” promo, I was indeed thankful to God for such an inspiring innovation but I quickly realized that the success of the plan will require our active support and prayers.

7.  I pray that God will inspire more creative ideas on how to sustain Christian Pilgrimage and that as we shall leave here today, more determined to support and pray for Christian Pilgrimage, especially the “Win A Trip to Israel” programme.

8. While wishing you successful and creative deliberations, it is now my honour and pleasure to declare the summit open in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.

9. God bless you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.