Pilgrim board tightens measures against abscondment

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By Sunny A. David, Awka
The Anambra State Pilgrims Welfare Board has assured of its resolve to address the issue of abscondment during pilgrimage exercises by contingents from the State.
The assurance was given when the Board members, led by its Chairman, Professor Steve Ibenta called on the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke in his office at the Government House Awka, to brief him on the activities of the Board during their first three year tenure.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Okeke, who oversees the affairs of the Board on behalf of the Governor, while receiving the group, expressed his awareness of the Board members’ tenure expiration.
He said that he will brief the Governor who has the prerogative powers to either extend their tenure for another three years or appoint new members.
The Deputy Governor, who expressed satisfaction that he worked very well with the members without issues thanked them for the solidarity, urging them to put in their best this last lap of their three year tenure.
Earlier, Professor Ibenta said that the issue of abscondment is not peculiar to Anambra but all States of the federation, stressing that
he is happy they have done their best in spite of certain challenges which mainly bordered on finance due to recession.
Professor Ibenta, while pointing out that they will soon embark on the 2018 pilgrimage trip, having concluded the screening exercise, noted that State government has made it that only people who are able to sponsor themselves will travel.
Other members of the Board who were part of the visit include Reverend Canon Okey Anazodo, Dr Blessing Eberechukwu and Lady Veronica Ilika, among others.

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