By Rosemary Ogbonnaya
Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission is poised to commence the 2021 main pilgrimage to Israel, Jordan and Rome in first quarter of the year 2022.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam made the disclosure during an interview Abuja.
Pam stated that the Commission would ensure that the 2021 main pilgrimage exercise experience a hitch free operation.
He said that the 2020 maiden pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Jordan was a huge success despite the fact that the exercise took place at the peak of the global pandemic.
He was particularly enthused that the pilgrimage recorded Zero abscondment of pilgrims, a feat that had not been feasible in our pilgrimage experience of about a decade.
Rev. Pam posited that because of the huge success recorded in Jordan pilgrimage, countries like Israel and Turkey are now eager to work with the Commission which is a healthy development for the growth of our Christian Pilgrimage.
Executive Secretary explained that 2021 pilgrimage route would start from Israel to Jordan while the Rome package will start from Rome to Israel”.
He revealed that the Commission would make every effort to raise as much as 10,000 intending pilgrims for the 2021 main pilgrimage.
The NCPC boss hinted that the Commission as part of its preparation for the 2021 pilgrimage, would embark on the State of Readiness visit to Israel with the State pilgrimage Leaders by the end of January.
He explained that the visit would afford them the opportunity to inspect the Hotels as well as the Holy Sites in Israel.
Pam further disclosed that the Commission would ensure that it meets with the requirements of international travels in line with the guidelines of the Federal Government and the Israeli authorities on COVID-19 protocols.