By Ismail Abdulaziz
Alhaji Biola Lawal, the acting Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has congratulated Rev. Yakubu Pam over his appointment as the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).
The felicitation message is in a statement signed by Lawal on behalf of management and staff of NAN on Wednesday in Abuja.
He stated that “Pam has shown great capacity in the past to steer the ship of the faith-based agency of government.
“In the past, you held sensitive and strategic appointments which puts you on a pedestal to move the commission to greater heights.
“As a leader in the vineyard of God, we urge you to use your position to promote national unity and make NCPC a rallying point for all Christians in Nigeria.
“We particularly urge you to use your religious background to assist Federal Government to fight Coronavirus by using NCPC platform to further sensitise Nigerians on the persisting dangers of the virus and the need to keep safe by continuously following safety guidelines of the Presidential Task Force.”
Lawal also assured the third NCPC executive secretary that NAN would continue to offer its services and support to make pilgrims and pilgrimage pleasurable and participants well informed about processes and rules.
“As partners in progress in the task of nation building, we assure you of the support of News Agency of Nigeria.
“We will help to promote activities and programmes of NCPC, using our multimedia projection and publicity platforms. We look forward to a robust partnership between NAN and NCPC.
“Congratulations once again for your well deserved appointment. We pray that God Almighty will grant you the wisdom and knowledge to move NCPC to the next level,” Lawal said.
Until his appointment, Pam was the Chairman of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.
Born on Feb. 20, 1960 in Gyel, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau, Pam holds a first degree in Christian Education.
As an ordained Minister, he brings to the position more than 30 years of leadership experience in the Christian community, coupled with a deep understanding of promoting inter-religious harmony and conflict resolution in the northern part of the country.
The new NCPC boss held many leadership positions in the Church, including Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of Northern from 2016 till date; and Vice President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, 2013 till date.