By Lanre Oloyede
Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, is set to formally flag off the 2019 general pilgrimage to Israel and Rome on 1st December, 2019.
This was disclosed in a press statement, issued by the Assistant Director Media of the Commission, Celestine Toruka, which stated that the flag off ceremony will take place in Lagos.
The inaugural flight is expected to be made up of intending pilgrims from Lagos state who will be the first batch of intending pilgrims to be airlifted to Israel for the 2019 general pilgrimage exercise.
The statement further revealed that the flag off which was earlier scheduled for 17th November 2019, had to be postponed due to operational reasons.
According to Toruka, all logistics have been put in place by the Commission for a hitch free pilgrimage exercise, adding that flagging off the exercise on 1st December means that the 2019 general pilgrimage would officially commence in earnest from that date with the airlift of intending Pilgrims to the Holy land in batches.
This year’s general pilgrimage which has, “Engaging Christian Pilgrimage for National Change and Development” as its theme will cover only two destination countries – Israel and Rome, and will run from December 2019 to January, 2020.
The Commission urged all intending pilgrims to the Holy Land to be guided its Corporate Slogan which is, “Proclaiming Christ, Serving Nigeria”.