Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam has formally flagged off this year’s screening exercise for intending Pilgrims to Isreal Rome and Greece in Asaba Delta State recently.
Pam while flagging off the screening exercise in Asaba stated that Delta State would be the No 1 state in the country to had commenced this year’s screening exercise.
” It is Delta State that we are launching the first screening exercise for intending Pilgrims to Isreal, Rome, and Greece,” he said.
NCPC boss further reiterated that he was declaring the screening exercise in the entire country open.
Pam commended the Executive Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for having the heart for the kingdom.
He advised the intending Pilgrims to ensure they pray for the Governor, Mr. President, and for the well-being of Nigeria while in the Holy Land.
Pam made it known that the screening exercise would be very strict in view of the fact that some intending Pilgrims do not go to Isreal with the intention to pray.
In his words” it is unfortunate that so many Christians have taken it as a  business trip and a means to abscond.”
According to him, the  Commission frowns at absconding hence it is collaborating with relevant security agencies to make sure that there would be zero absconding this year.
He further averred that the Commission had introduced Very strong measures that would make guarantors be held liable if a pilgrim absconds
He decried a situation whereby few individuals had destroyed the image of the country and so Nigeria,s image had been severely bartered
Rev Pam told the intending Pilgrims that Pilgrimage is meant for them to have a retreat with God. He added, “the main purpose is having an encounter with God”
He further advised the intending Pilgrims to ensure that they are physically sound, fit, and strong to embark on the spiritual journey.
Pam cautioned them to ensure that they disclose accurate vital information on their health status in their own interest.
The NCPC boss further hinted that the Commission would organize a three-day orientation programme for intending Pilgrims a few days before their departure to Israel.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Delta State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Most Rev. Cyril Odutemu thanked the NCPC boss for using Asaba to flag off this year’s screening exercise.
Odutemu commended the NCPC boss for his reconciliatory interventions across the country.
The Chairman assured the NCPC boss that Delta State Pilgrims would record zero absconding this year.