*As women pray for the State while on pilgrimage.
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists ( NAWOJ) Imo State Chapter, has applauded the Imo State government under the leadership of His Excellency Senator Hope Odidika Uzodimma, Onwa Oyoko, for sponsoring over 300 Imo Women to embark on Christian Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan, the Holy Land .
In a press release signed by the Chairperson of the Association Dr. Dorothy Nnaji , who is a Pilgrim to the Holy Land, has it that His Excellency has saddled the pilgrims with the responsibility of praying for the state while the women have it taken upon them as their main petition to the holy land to ensure peace and tranquility is restored again in our state as the exercise will enhance our relationship with God as it gives us a formidable background to our faith. The women are grateful to His Excellency, Sen Hope Uzodimma and to God who made it happen.
The Chairperson Dr. Dorothy Nnaji pointed out that the Association is truly grateful to the governor for allotting over 300 slots to women in the one thousand pilgrims fully funded by the governor Senator Hope Uzodimma, to Israel and Jordan .
Nawoj Chairperson maintained that there will be total and immediate transformation as a result of prayers offered on behalf of the state at the various holy sites by women in Batch ‘A’ of the Pilgrimage, She stated that His Excellency understands that there is connectivity between heaven and earth when women pray. Imo women cherish this opportunity to pray for the people and the state.
Meanwhile, Rt.Hon. Ngozi Obiefule who is the member representing Isu state constituency in the state House of Assembly and also a Pilgrim, stressed that since the creation of Imo as a state no administration has ever sponsored one thousand imolites to the holy land, and as a mother, she will pray for Imo State because that is the only state that is home for her.
Hon. Ngozi Obiefule maintained that the women will pray and continue to pray believing that God will visit Imo State as she encouraged the fellow women pilgrims to pray for his Excellency Senator Hope Odidika Uzodimma who God is using to move Imo state to an enviable height.
Dr Obiageli Nnamocha, who is the Diocesan Secretary of Catholic Women Organization of Owerri Archdiocese and also the President of Catholic women Organization of St Joseph Chaplaincy, Imo State University , Owerri, pointed out that she has dreamt and actually desired to be a Pilgrim but all her effort was abortive. The offer to her now is a prayer answered and she commends the amiable governor for this gesture.
She thanked His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma for such rare privilege which she would remain indebted to him as she prayed for the Governor’s heart desires to be met as Imo State’s peace is surely her prayer point and petition.
Also, Lolo Chinyere Odimara who could not hide her joy for the opportunity given to her by the state governor as she showered lots of praises and blessings on him and prayed for the betterment of Imo State.
Moreso, Lolo Calista Ogu, who could not hide her joy, prayed that the good Lord do bless Imo state and preserve His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma as he pilots the affairs of the state.
It is worthy of note that His Excellency Senator Hope Uzodimma will fund the 2023 Imo State Christian Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan as the first Batch of 300 pilgrims are all in the holy land already while the rest will depart according to schedule.
Sites visited in the Holy Land are Mount Tabor, Church of Nativity , Gethsemane, Chapel of Ascension, Church of Multiplication, Gadara in Jordan , Mount Nebo in Jordan among other Holy sites.
The women in unison pray God to bless His Excellency, Sen Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State and his family