Bayelsa State Pilgrims Board conducts orientation for intending pilgrims.

Bayelsa State Pilgrims Welfare Board has conducted a commendation service/orientation for intending pilgrims of the 2022 Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Lands of Israel and Jordan.

The event which took place at the Pilgrims Welfare Board Conference Hall, Annex Five, Secretariat, Road Safety road Yenagoa was for 100 pilgrims.

In a sermon, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Bayelsa State, Very Right Reverend Father, Joseph Opelema said pilgrimage is a sacred journey undertaken for spiritual purposes and not a trip for relaxation and merry making.

In a charge to the intending pilgrims, Bayelsa State Governor Douye Diri represented by his Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, Reverend Godspower Asingba said they should consider themselves as ambassadors traveling to carry out spiritual functions that will move the state and nation forward.

Admonishing them, Chairman, Pilgrims Welfare Board, Archbishop Jacob Akpiri, testified of how he became a better Christian after attending pilgrimage and encouraged them to be of good conduct to pave the way for more sponsorship.

Executive Secretary of the Board, Sir John Dan-Aputu appreciated the government for sponsoring the pilgrims and stressed the need for them to follow prescribed rules at the Holy Lands.

Agencies such as Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency and Department of State Services took turns to sensitize the pilgrims about the journey, while special hymns were sung and prayers offered for the Governor, his cabinet, State and nation at large.