The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Dr Yakubu Pam, has hinted that by the end of November, 2022, direct flights from Nigeria to Israel would be launched.
This is coming just as the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema stated that Air Peace is desirous of kicking off direct flight operations to Israel.
Rev. Pam, who made this disclosure on 14th October, 2022 while playing host to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr Michael Freeman and Onyema in his office in Abuja, said the Commission would promote direct flights to Israel.
According to the NCPC boss, ”having a direct flight to Israel by a Nigerian airline will curtail the issue of high expenditure and reduce abscondment”. He added that it would reduce the cost of flight drastically. In his words,” our joy is that our own person, a Nigerian, will be the first to have this opportunity to airlift pilgrims directly to Israel”.
He expressed gratitude to the Ambassador for considering it imperative to pay a courtesy visit to NCPC for the first time, barely nine months since assuming office.
“We are very humble to receive you here in your capacity as one who represents the entire country of Israel in Nigeria”, he asserted, while stressing that NCPC was set up primarily to coordinate and supervise the movement of Christians to Israel and other Holy places around the world.
Pam commended the Ambassador for his zeal and doggedness in charting a way forward for Christian Pilgrimage and also applauded Onyema for his national humanitarian interventions.
Speaking, the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr Michael Freeman thanked the NCPC boss for all his efforts in advancing the cause of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria. He expressed delight over working with the NCPC. His words,” we have a true partnership to grow together”.