NCPC flags off 2020 pilgrimage to Jordan July 24 in Jos

…Says Plateau’s pilgrimage-friendly state

The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) has disclosed that it was set to flag off the 2020 pilgrimage exercise to the Kingdom of Jordan on July 24, 2021, at the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, Jos, Plateau state.

A press statement issued Friday by the head of media and public relations, Celestine Toruka, indicated that the Commission’s executive secretary, Rev. Yakubu Pam, disclosed this Friday in Abuja at a meeting with select strategic stakeholders.

Rev. Pam said “this will be the first time ever that the Commission will be airlifting intending pilgrims from the Yakubu Gowon Airport to the Holy Land,” describing Plateau state “as a pilgrimage-friendly state which has in recent time surpassed every other state in the sponsorship of pilgrims to the Holy Land.”

He commended the governor, 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 boss disclosed that Governor Lalong would be the special guest of honour at the event and would officially flag off the exercise, while the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, would be the distinguished guest of honour.

According to him, the pilgrimage exercise to Jordan would begin on July 24 and run through August 2021.

He explained that “Jordan as a pilgrimage destination is replete with important Christian Holy Sites; the route our father of Faith Abraham, the patriarchs and Israelites where they walked until they got to the Promised Land.

Rev. Pam added that pilgrims “will have the opportunity of visiting the original baptismal site in River Jordan and other landmark Christian Holy Sites.”

He gave assurance that all logistics had been put in place by the Commission in concert with the air carriers, ground handlers and the host country to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

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