NCPC Set for 2017 Easter Pilgrimage
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission said preparation is already in top gear for the 2017 pilgrimage exercise to Israel.
The Executive Secretary, Reverend Uja Tor Uja who disclosed this in an interview in his office, Abuja stated that the commission would soon advertise for the carriers that would fly the intending pilgrims.
The Executive Secretary also disclosed that the Commission would run its 2017 Easter pilgrimage to Israel from April to May.
NCPC boss explained that this year’s Easter pilgrimage was designed to afford Christians and all intending pilgrims the opportunity to encounter Christ during the Easter season.
“Despite the inflation and cost of dollar, the pilgrimage leaders have resolved that the cost of Easter pilgrimage will still remain at ₦476,000 only, and pilgrims will be entitled to basic travel allowance ( BTA) at the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) approved rates. He said.
“All Christians are urged to take advantage of this unique opportunity and begin to register. Registration begins now. Forms can be downloaded at NCPC website, at the NCPC offices nationwide, or at States Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board offices throughout the country.” Reverend Uja further added.
The theme of the 2017 Easter pilgrimage to Israel is “The Cross and the Health of a Nation” with Nigeria in focus. Prominent men of God would be engaged to guide the pilgrims through spiritual sites as well as the prayer convocation on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.
Rev. Uja urged Christians and intending pilgrims to contact NCPC and State Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards and licensed Christian Pilgrimage Operators for applications and for more enquiries.
The NCPC boss has assured all intending pilgrims that this year’s edition of Easter pilgrimage would be a hitch free exercise.
Asked why only the foreign carriers are usually designated by the commission for pilgrimage exercise the Executive Secretary responded this way: “that’s not true the bids are usually open to both local and foreign airlines and any one that meets the requirement is designated. It will be my desire to see Nigerian Airlines airlift our pilgrims but they have to meet both safety and security requirements prescribed by the Israeli authority.”
Last year, a total of 7,000 Pilgrims applied to participate in the exercise and it’s expected that more that figure will be achieved this despite the economic down turn in the country.
This is as result of the increase in awareness being spearheaded by the current management through constant interface with church organisations across the country.