By Our Correspondent
The Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Board, Rev. Fr. George Gorap, has disclosed that the 2019 pilgrimage exercise would soon commence as all preparations were at the final stage by the board.
“Governor Lalong is sponsoring 800 Christians on pilgrimage to Israel for the 2019 pilgrimage that is 700 slots for adults and 100 for youths in the states while the local governments will also sponsor 300 people, which brings to a total of 1100 for this year’s Christian pilgrimage.
“In fact with this high number of people being sponsored to perform their spiritual obligation in Israel every year, it shows that our Governor has great passion in improving the spiritual standard of the citizens of the state”, he disclosed.
Rev F.r Gorap disclosed this in Jos, Monday, while speaking with some journalists in his office on the level of preparation so far.
He said ”on our part as a board we have concluded all levels of preparation towards the 2019 pilgrimage exercise, but just waiting for the Governor’s approval to start airlifting the contingent to Israel”.
He maintained that the Israeli Government has extended its commendation to Governor Simon Bako Lalong for being the only governor who sponsors the highest number of pilgrimage to Israel since his coming in office.
Gorap added that there were equally a good number of self sponsor this year which the number would soon be disclosed and encouraged others to emulate them , adding that it has great importance to one’s spiritual obligation.