The Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC has liaised with the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos on COVID 19 airport protocols for easy facilitation of the 2020 Christian pilgrimage exercise.
Speaking during a meeting and inspection of facilities at the Lagos Airport with the regional general manager, South West Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Airport manager of Murtala Mohammed Airport, Mrs Victoria Shin – Aba, the executive secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam stated that the meeting was in view of the fact that the Commission would soon commence the 2020 general pilgrimage exercise in December.
The NCPC boss who was represented by the director of Operations NCPC, Rev. Amos Yohanna noted that the visit is also to meet with the airport officials in order to have a seamless operations this year.
Rev Pam thanked the Airport officials for the cooperation and synergy the Commission had enjoyed over the years.
The NCPC boss affirmed that the Lagos Airport plays very critical role in Christian pilgrimage operations as Pilgrims from the South West including Kwara and Edo are usually airlifted to Israel from the Lagos Airport.
He further commended the management of the Lagos Airport for the cordial working relationship existing between the two Agencies.
Rev. Pam reiterated that this year’s Pilgrimage operations would be peculiar because of the challenges posed by the global COVID 19 pandemic.
He explained further that because of COVID 19 pandemic, so many restrictions and protocols had been introduced globally to check the rate of infection which according to him” is for the good of the people”
He expatiated that one of the reasons for the meeting was to know the restrictions so as to guide the Pilgrims and to facilitate this year’s operations.
He further averred that the Commission had been monitoring closely up dates with the Presidential Task Force on COVID 19 as well as reports from the Israeli authorities in order to keep abreast with the COVID 19 situation in Nigeria and Israel.
The NCPC helmsman further told the Airport Manager that the Commission would need the assistance of the Airport officials in order to know the rules and protocols that would guide the Commission,s operations at the airport this year.
He equally requested for the special assistance of the Airport management so that the Commission’s staff could be allowed to come into the airport to guide the Pilgrims considering the fact that most of them would be traveling out of the country for the first time.
Earlier, the regional general manager Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, South West who is also the manager of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Mrs Shin – Aba affirmed that over the years the Lagos Airport had been having good working relationship with NCPC.
In her words” We are one family, Lagos Airport is here to serve the nation, Nigerians and any other public”.
She stressed that it is their duty to have a seamless operation which is in tandem with the core values of FAAN —-Safety, Security and Comfort.
The airport manager also solicited for the continued cooperation and collaboration between NCPC and FAAN.
She pledged for more cooperation with the officials of the Commission.
She also stressed the need for the intending Pilgrims to be properly sensitised by the Commission on COVID 19: protocols before getting into the airport premises.
The meeting was the first in the series with the airport officials. About eight designated international airports will be used by the Commission for the airlift of intending Pilgrims to Israel,Rome and Greece this year.
The Lagos Airport meeting was also graced by the director of Administration of NCPC, Mr Barnabas Ali, Head Media NCPC, Mr Celestine Toruka as well as the head of Security NCPC Mr Allabamu Hosea.