Photo: Rev Yakubu Pam, NCPC boss
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, says it will inaugurate this year’s pilgrimage exercise to the Kingdom of Jordan on 24th July, 2021 at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, Jos, Plateau State.
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary of the Commission, disclosed this on Friday during a meeting with select strategic stakeholders in Abuja.
According to the NCPC boss, this will be the first time that the Commission would be transporting intending pilgrims from the Yakubu Gowon Airport to the Holy Land.
He described Plateau State as a pilgrimage friendly state which has in recent times surpassed every other state in the sponsorship of intending pilgrims to the Holy Land.
Rev Pam commended the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, RT. Hon. Simon Lalong for his unflinching support for Christian Pilgrimage in the State and his determination to advance the cause of Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria.
The NCPC helmsman said that the Governor Lalong will be the Special Guest of Honour at the event to officially flag off the event, while the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha would be the Distinguished Guest of Honour.
He disclosed that the exercise would commence on 24th July and run through August, 2021 and thanked President Muhammadu Buhari,for approving it.
Rev Pam further expatiated that Jordan is “a pilgrimage destination that is replete with important Christian Holy Sites; the route our father of Faith Abraham, the patriarchs and Israelites walked until they got to the promise land,” adding that “pilgrims would have the opportunity of visiting the original baptismal site in River Jordan and other landmark Christian Holy Sites.”
“All logistics have been put in place by the Commission in concert with the Air Carriers, the Ground Handlers and the host country to ensure a itch free pilgrimage operation,” he said.
He said that the Commission had also worked out modalities with the NCPC Federal Medical Committee to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are strictly observed and adhered to by all intending pilgrims.