Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, has said it will soon flag off the inspection of designated international airports across the country to ascertain its readiness for this year’s pilgrimage operations.
Speaking at the weekend, during the media parley organised for members of the Abuja press, the Executive Secretary, Rev.Yakubu Pam said the inspection will be carried out in about eight international airports that would be used for the 2020 pilgrimage exercise.
Pam said plans are the way by the Federal Government to ensure that Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Nigeria and Isreal is activated so that Nigerian Airlines could airlift pilgrims direct from Nigeria to the state of Isreal.
The NCPC boss was optimistic that the first pilgrimage ( 2020 pilgrimage) he will organise would be the best and hitch free pilgrimage exercise so far.
He said the Commission will introduce three days mandatory orientation programme for intending pilgrims in the states before airlift, explaining that it would afford the intending pilgrims the opportunity to understand the real essence of pilgrimage and spur in them the spirit of patriotism and nationhood.
Pam also said that for the success of the pilgrimage exercise, the NCPC has reintroduced a special one day prayer and fasting session in Jerusalem for Nigerian Pilgrims and Christian Public Office holders called ‘ A day with Jesus’.
He explained that the Commission has come up with a mechanism to discourage abscondment during pilgrimage by introducing stringent screening measures and also ensuring that guarantors are held liable for any pilgrim who absconds while in the Holy Land.
Pam appreciated Journalists for timely reportage, promising that the Commission and media will continue to partner in promoting Christian pilgrimage.