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Motivated by the desire to boost spirituality in Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodinma has approved the sponsorship of a record 1,000 pilgrims to Israel and Jordan this year.
Declan Emelumba who is the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state made this disclosure in a statement issued in Owerri on Monday.
Emelumba said the approval has already been given to the Imo State Pilgrims’ Board to commence screening of would-be beneficiaries.
According to him, forms have been sent to churches and other segments of the society for distribution to interested members.
The commissioner announced that those nominated have up to 15th April to submit their completed forms to the Christian Pilgrims’ Board.
Speaking on the exercise, Emelumba said Uzodinma decided to sponsor this number of pilgrims this year, because of his belief in both the physical and spiritual growth of the Imo people.
According to him, unlike before when candidacy for the pilgrimage was restricted to well-to-do and connected citizens, those going for this year’s edition are from all segments of society, including the very poor.
He pointed out that the governor started out by reconstituting the Christian Pilgrims’ Board with Fr. Gilbert Alaribe as Chairman.
In another report, former Enugu State Governor, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has called on Ndigbo to shelve their emotional sentiments as it concerns the 2023 elections and support the incoming administration of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.