The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) would partner with the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) to introduce a Summer Pilgrimage Package for Parents and Students.
NCPC’s executive secretary, rev. Yakubu Pam, disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the APSON to the Commission’s corporate headquarters Thursday in Abuja.
According to a press statement issued by a principal executive officer in the Commission’s media unit, Mary Gana, the NCPC boss said the Commission would work out modalities in organising summer pilgrimage for students instead of parents embarking on summer vacation to other countries with their children.
“This will serve as a prayer retreat for the family and will help to strengthen their faith,” he said, and commended the Association for assisting the government in building a strong education system in the country.
“Our educational system would have crumbled, if not for the private schools. Education is the bedrock of any society and the development of any nation can only be achieved when the children are being impacted on by schools. Nigeria would have been a minus without education,” he said.
Earlier, APSON’s national president, Bishop Godly Opukeme, said they were in the Commission to fraternise with the executive secretary and to deliberate on how to introduce the summer pilgrimage package for its students.
“This will help to unite and draw family members closer to God during the summer holidays. Morality is eluding our youths and they are indulging in different social vices. There is, therefore, the need for owners of schools to be part of this spiritual exercise so as to be better equipped,” he said.