The Executive Secretary Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Dr Yakubu Pam has said that the Commission would promote direct flight to Israel.
He made this disclosure on 14th October, 2022 while playing host to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr Michael Freeman and the Chief Executive Officer of Air Peace Airline, Chief Allen Onyema in his office in Abuja as expressed in a press release issued by the Head, Media and Public Relations.
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 said.
He further explained that direct flight to Israel will 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”.
Rev Pam hinted that by the end of November, next month,the inaugural direct flight from Nigeria to Israel would be launched.
He thanked the Ambassador for considering it imperative to pay a courtesy visit to NCPC for the first time,just barely nine months in office. According to him,” we are very humbled to receive you here in your capacity as one who represents the entire country of Israel in Nigeria”.
He affirmed that NCPC was set up primarily to coordinate and supervise the movement of christians to Israel and other Holy Sites around the world.
He commended the Ambassador for his zeal and doggedness in charting a way forward for Christian Pilgrimage. He further lauded the Envoy for his network of relationships both in Nigeria and Israel.
The NCPC helmsman also commended the Chief Executive officer of Air Peace Airline for his sacrificial leadership and good humanitarian heart.
Speaking, the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E Mr Michael Freeman thanked the NCPC boss for deploying all his energies in advancing the cause of Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria.
He stated that he was very excited to work with NCPC.His words,” we have a true partnership to grow together”. The Envoy thanked the NCPC boss for his excellent leadership style and passion for Pilgrimage.
In his remarks, the Chief Executive officer of Air Peace airline, Chief Allen Onyema reaffirmed that sooner than later history would be made in Nigeria.
He pointed out that Air Peace is very much desirous of conducting direct flight operation.He added that Air Peace is thick because of Israel.
He affirmed that the airline has the capacity to airlift Nigerian pilgrims through direct flight to Israel successful.
Deputy Director/ Head Media and Public Relations
15th October, 2022.