By Evelyn Okakwu
The Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has signed Air carrier agreement for the airlift of Nigerian Pilgrims to the Holy Land for this year’s exercise.
The formal signing ceremony took place yesterday in Abuja, involving two Air carriers, namely Atlas jet, Travel Aviation Tourism and El-al, respectively.
Addressing the air carriers, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, John Kennedy Opara noted that Nigerian Airlines will also be participating in this year’s pilgrimage exercise which will commence on the 26th of October 2014.
In his remark, the Chairman of the NCPC, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh charged the two selected Air carriers to be courteous in dealing with the pilgrims “we expect highest courtesy for our Pilgrims”, be committed to the course in which you have started and treat our pilgrims with respect”.
He noted that the commission would uphold ethical standards, adding that only the best was good enough for the intending pilgrims. “We will ensure that things are done rightly and that you give our pilgrims the best”. Similarly, the Executive Secretary of the NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara charged the two Air Carriers to live up to expectations in the discharge of this assignment, stressing that; “The welfare of our pilgrims is paramount to us”. We will not compromise our standards”.
In his response, the representative of the Atlas jet Airline Mr. Ecrument Filiz, stated that his Airline was ready to give the Nigerian Christian pilgrims the best comfort and safety to make 2014 pilgrimage exercise a wonderful experience.