1 The Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Commission for Pilgrims, (CNPC )Round. Yakubu Pam requested the help of Israeli Embassy in quickly obtaining visas for future pilgrims.
2 Pam made the call during a courtesy visit to Israel’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Michael Freemanat the Israeli Embassy in Abuja
3 This is contained in a statement by Celestine Toruka,
Deputy Director and Head, Media and Public Relations of the commission on Saturday.
4 The CNPC boss informed his host that the commission planned to continue its 2021 pilgrimage exercise in Rome and Israel in October and therefore requested the rapid obtaining of visas to help carry out the plans.
5 Pam thanked the Special Envoy for the cooperation and assistance the commission received, particularly in the area of consular services, as well as the strong bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the State of Israel.
6 He described Israel as an essential and major stakeholder in the pilgrimage exercise, adding, “That explains why it was clearly captured in the act of establishment of the commission.
8 Pam added that Israel remains the fulcrum of the foundation of the Christian faith and a major destination of pilgrimage for the commission.
9 The CNPC helmsman further said that the relationship between Israel and the commission in the area of pilgrimage has existed for decades and will do everything possible to continue to strengthen it.
ten Speaking, the Israeli Ambassador thanked Pam for the visit and promised to always lend assistance to the commission for smooth pilgrimage exercises.
11 He commended Pam for her efforts so far in repositioning the commission and Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria barely two years in the saddle as the third substantive executive secretary of NCPC.
13 Freeman said the Israeli government would soon sign a bilateral air services agreement with a Nigerian airline to enable it to fly passengers and pilgrims directly from Nigeria to TEL-Alive
14 He sought the support and cooperation of the NCPC to make this new development possible, as it would have a positive impact on the fortunes and progress of Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria.
Freeman said the commission would make history with the start of direct flights to TEL-AVIV, especially with a Nigerian airline.