The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has sought the collaboration of the Italian Embassy in Nigeria as it concludes preparations to ferry pilgrims to Rome in October.
A statement released in Abuja on Saturday by CNPC spokesperson Celestine Toruka said CNPC Executive Secretary Yakubu Pam appealed during his visit to Italian Ambassador to Nigeria Stefano De Leo.
Mr Pam said the visit was aimed at facilitating the seamless obtaining of visas for future pilgrims to Rome, who are expected to leave Nigeria on October 16.
He informed the ambassador that the commission would welcome a visit to the pope during the pilgrimage and urged the ambassador to facilitate it.
The executive secretary claimed that the commission and the embassy have had a longstanding pilgrimage relationship over the years.
In response, the Italian Ambassador pledged his support and cooperation to the commission, particularly in the area of obtaining visas, in accordance with the Embassy’s operational guidelines.
De Leo said Italy and Nigeria have maintained a strong bilateral relationship for decades.
The envoy, however, said that the Embassy in Abuja operates separately from the Italian Consulate in Lagos, which operates independently in obtaining visas.
Mr. Pam was accompanied by CNPC Director of Operations Abu Okpanachi, Head of Consular Unit Frank Chukwurah and Chief of Protocol Charlene Makai.