The federal government has expressed its readiness and support to enable its West Africa neighbour Ghana to overcome pilgrimage challenges.
The government obliged to a request by the Ghanaian authority to understudy its pilgrimage system in furtherance of it existing relationship.
The Secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Gida Mustapha disclosed this in Abuja when he received Ghanaian ministry of religious and chieftaincy affairs delegation, led by the executive secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission NCPC, Rev Tor Uja.
He averred that Ghana in the past has impacted greatly in the development of Nigeria in terms of education. Adding that both countries are brothers with a lot of similarity.
“You are in the right place, I am glad you came to Nigeria to understudy our pilgrimage system, when we started ours, it was under ministry of foreign affairs, we did not relegate it but put a lot of effort, I believe a lot are here for you to learn, we are ready to support you in order to overcome the challenges faced during your first general pilgrimage exercise.
“I believe Nigeria’s peculiarity will suit your country, we are together as brothers and sisters, together in west together in AU and others but the only time we have rivalry is during soccer, “he noted.
Speaking earlier, the Ghanaian minister for religious and chieftaincy affairs, Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi who is in Abuja on three days working visit with seven man delegation said Ghana encountered one hundred and fourteen challenges during their first general pilgrimage to the holy land last year.
“We are far behind in pilgrimage system. We are yet to set up board that will stand on its own. Looking at African continent, we saw that, Nigeria started long time ago, we decided to embark on the three-day working visit to enable us model our system based on Nigeria model,” he said.