Lagos State Government has held a Dedication Service for the 2018 November/December intending pilgrims to the Holy Land of Israel/Rome/Greece at the Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja
Speaking at the Service, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi noted that the State Government has concluded plans for the 2018 Christian Pilgrimage to the holy land, adding that an improved welfare package that would give the intending pilgrims the expected comfort while in the Holy Land has been created.
Awoseyi, however, warned that the pilgrimage should not be seen as a means of escape to other countries, stressing that the present administration has put in place all necessary apparatus to deter intending pilgrims with ungodly and ulterior intention from eloping in Jerusalem.
She declared that any deserter caught would be sanctioned and made to pay a penalty fee of about $5,000 among other sanctions.
According to her, the State government has provided everything needed to make the journey successful and hitch-free for all those traveling with the government contingent.
“Our pilgrims are going to stay in a five-star hotel; they would be taken through all historical sites in the scriptures with the help of a tour guide. Apart from this, our pilgrims have equally been given a token amount of money to appreciate them for making Lagos State Government their preferred choice for the trip,” the Permanent Secretary reiterated.
The Board Secretary of Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mrs. Yetunde Gbafe listed some of the places to be visited by the pilgrims to include Bethlehem, River Jordan, Canaan among other several places.
She urged the intending pilgrims to increase their faith and be more prayerful during their visit to all the holy sites, expressing the hope that the journey would translate into a transformed lifestyle on the part of the pilgrims.