Olusola Elijah

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate termination of the appointment of Rev. Tor Uja as the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).

This is contained in a statement issued by Willie Bassey, Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), in Abuja on Tuesday, the government said the action was in line with the provision of Section 4, Sub-Section 3 of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission Act.

Ujah has, therefore, been directed to hand over to Mrs Esther Kwaghe, Director of Administration in the commission, who is to oversee the office, pending the appointment of a substantive executive secretary.

Also, Mr Buhari has directed the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation to work out an appropriate framework for the operation of offshore account maintained by the NCPC, & all other Federal Government Agencies in order to streamline their operations.

It would be recalled that Ujah was alleged of diverting $229,000 meant for pilgrims’ visit to Israel, Greece and Rome in July 2017, among other allegations. He was also suspected to have diverted $103,000 in 2018.

He later denied the allegations and stated that the funds were used for the hiring of a hall during the bidders’ education workshop, which held in Israel 2018

In a document signed by the SGF’s legal adviser, Emmanuel Akissa, it read “The secretary to the government of the federation is in receipt of a report, alluding to the fact that the funds of the Nigeria’ Christian Pilgrims Commission are being mismanaged,”

The SGF had reportedly instituted a panel which was made up of eight people, headed by the chairman of the NCPC’s board, Yomi Kasali, to investigate the allegations.