04 November 2020 by Kayode Oyedare.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Reverend Yakubu Pam has solicited the support of management of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos for prompt airlift of this year’s pilgrims to Israel, Greece and Rome.
He made the plea in Lagos during a meeting and inspection of facilities at the Lagos Airport with the Regional General Manager South West, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Airport, Mrs Shin Aba .
The NCPC boss who was represented by the Commission’s Director of Operations, Reverend Amos Yohanna said the meeting became necessary as the Commission would commence the 2020 General Pilgrimage exercise in December for seamless operations.
He thanked the Airport officials for the cooperation and synergy the Commission had enjoyed over the years.
The NCPC boss affirmed that the Lagos Airport plays very critical role during pilgrimages as Pilgrims from the South West including Kwara and Edo are usually airlifted from the Airport.
He further commended management of the Airport for the cordial working relations between the two Agencies.
Reverend Pam explained that this year’s Pilgrimage would be peculiar because of the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic.
He stressed that because of the COVID 19 pandemic many restrictions and protocols had been introduced to check the spread of the disease which according to him” is for the good of the people”
He further averred that the Commission had been monitoring closely up dates with the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 as well as reports from the Israeli authorities to keep abreast with the COVID 19 situation in Nigeria and Israel.
He equally requested for the special assistance of the Airport management so that the Commission’s staff could be allowed into the airport to guide the Pilgrims as some would be traveling out of the country for the first time.
Earlier, the Regional General Manager South West of FAAN who is also the Manager of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Mrs Shin Aba affirmed that over the years the Lagos Airport had been having good working relationship with NCPC.
She stressed that it is their duty to have a seamless operation which is in tandem with the core values of FAAN, Safety, Security and Comfort
She also stressed the need for the intending Pilgrims to be properly sensitised by the Commission on COVID 19: protocols before getting into the airport premises.
The meeting was the first in the series with Airport officials.
Eight international Airports have been designated for the airlift of intending Pilgrims to Isreal,Rome and Greece this year.