The Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) has held the 2nd phase of its statutory administrative and medical screening programme for intending pilgrims for this year’s holy pilgrimage to the kingdom of Jordan.
The orientation and screening exercise is geared towards ensuring that prospective pilgrims are physically, psychologically equipped and fit for the pilgrimage exercise scheduled to hold later this month.
Addressing the intending pilgrims at the Chapel of Christ, Alausa, Ikeja, on Monday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Adebunmi Elizabeth Adekanye stated that the screening exercise was also initiated to verify the travel documents of the prospective pilgrims.
She noted that due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this particular set of intending pilgrims ought to have been airlifted in 2020 but couldn’t embark on the journey hence the reason why they are being airlifted this year.
On the choice of Jordan, Mrs. Adekanye noted that due to the closure of Israeli border, the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) in conjunction with the LSCPWB opted for Jordan for this year’s pilgrimage exercise.
She noted that the choice of Jordan wasn’t a compulsion but optional for those that want to embark on it.
While seeking the cooperation and understanding of pilgrims, She pointed out that participants who require further medical attention after the screening would be properly advised, adding that COVID-19 guidelines will be observed during the airlift of pilgrims in batches.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Christian matters, Ven. Rev. Bukola Adeleke stated that the purpose of the exercise was to educate the intending pilgrims on the holy pilgrimage to Jordan while noting that the journey is purely a spiritual exercise.
Adeleke enjoined the intending pilgrims to be good ambassador of Lagos State as well as Nigeria and use the opportunity to pray for the State and the country at large while urging them to observe all the Covod19 protocols and guidelines.
Addressing participants, the Board Secretary, Mrs. Florence Yetunde Gbafe, affirmed that the exercise was convened to acquaint the intending pilgrims with the guidelines of the holy pilgrimage while expressing optimism that the exercise will soon begin after the long delay caused by the pandemic.