By Mercy Obojeghren
The Delta Authorities has introduced a N10 million positive for sponsors and guarantors of pilgrims within the state whose candidates abscond throughout pilgrimage.
The state Commissioner for the Bureau for Particular Duties, Mr Ernest Ogwezzy, mentioned this on Wednesday in Asaba whereas talking with Newsmen shortly after a one-day orientation workshop for the 2018 intending pilgrims to the Holy land.
Ogwezzy mentioned that the N10 million positive was a part of the stringent measures adopted by the state authorities to examine incidences of absconment throughout pilgrimages.
He mentioned such measures had change into crucial following ugly experiences the place some people underneath the guise of embarking on holy train find yourself absconding.
“The expertise is step by step worsening the already battered picture of the nation overseas,’’ he mentioned.
Ogwezzy additionally mentioned that larger proportion of those that absconded within the state within the earlier years weren’t indigenes of the state, “ however are a part of the contingent of the state.’’
The commissioner had earlier congratulated those that have been profitable in the course of the screening and urged them to uphold the sanctity of their Christian religion by remaining good ambassadors of the state and nation at massive.
Ogwezzy additionally suggested them to keep away from any prevalence that was able to tarnishing the picture of the state and nation.
He urged them to make use of the chance to overview their non secular lives in addition to pray for the peace and unity of the state and nation.
The commissioner assured the pilgrims that the state authorities would proceed to prioritise the sponsorship of pilgrimages within the state regardless of the prevailing financial crunch.