Rev. Uja Tor Uja, Executive Secretary NCPC
By Abraham Salifu
A popular quote by Lao Tzu said: “I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men”.
The quote goes a long way to say that some among men are just destroyers of what hardworking leaders have laboured over the years to build. I read with considerable amazement fiery dart article titled, NCPC: The Stinking Road To Jerusalem, by one Dele Agekameh in Premium Times and Nigerian Pilot Newspaper and was compelled to write this piece as a concerned Nigerian.
I think if Dele Agekameh really means well for the pilgrim commission as any well-informed, right-thinking and progressive Nigerian ought to do, he should have rather suggested ways of checking whatever flaws he may have observed in Rev. Uja Tor Uja, the executive secretary’s management and/or leadership style which I have been told centres on reforming the religious agency.
Agekameh has thrown professionalism to the dogs in trying to satisfy the whims and caprices of his paymasters. I am sure that he has, by this, disappointed a lots of Nigerians as his claims in his opinion where just hear say.
If Agekameh and his collaborators have any score to settle with the commission or its leadership, he as a professional newshound should have used his expertise to approach it for the good of the country rather than engaging in what clearly smacks of blackmail and pull-him-down syndrome.
It is rather unfortunate that Agekameh’s claims are just based on hearsay as he has allowed sentiments to becloud his sense of reasoning as he failed to see any redeeming feature in the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja, for his relentless quest to give NCPC a face-lift and leave it better than he met it.
Under Uja’s leadership, the NCPC has experienced one of its successful era since its establishment and many Nigerians agree that they have had to travel for pilgrimage hitch free.
The administration of Rev. Uja has added more value to pilgrimage than it used to be. A lot of Christians in Nigeria are eager to visit the holy land to see for themselves that the Bible is real.
Though Agekameh seems to be working to satisfy his sponsors, he and his sponsors have failed to realize the new transformation going on at the commission. Indeed most people are not comfortable with change instead they will want business as usual as long as it benefits them.
The noise of a frog does not stop an elephant from drinking water. Agekameh and his sponsors negative opinion will not stop Rev Tor Uja from achieving his set objectives of repositioning the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) and making it number one agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Despite all this, I would advise the commission and its entire leadership to remain steadfast in ensuring that they leave an enduring legacy for posterity at the end of their stewardship. Hence, they should toe the path of equity, justice and good governance which the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s war against corruption seeks to entrench in the nation’s polity.
-Salifu, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abuja