BY VICTO BUORO, ABUJA – The Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Fr. George Gorap has called on the Federal Ministry of Aviation to upgrade the Heipang Airport, Jos, to international status.
He said the upgrading of the airport would go a long way in the quick and easier airlift of intending Christian Pilgrims from the Airport to Israel.
Fr. Gorap, who made the call during a chat with journalists in Abuja, noted that aside airlifting Christian pilgrims from the Airport, it would boost the tourism and agricultural potentials of the State of ‘Home of peace and Tourism’.
The Executive Secretary commended Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts and commitment in actualizing the Airport project, saying that Plateau State has become the leading light as far as Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria is concerned.
Fr. Gorap also applauded Lalong’s administration which he said sponsored more Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land more than any of his predecessors. He explained that the driving force behind the high number of Pilgrims being sponsored by the peoples Governor was because of his genuine faith in God and his conviction that pilgrimage is a veritable tool for spiritual rebirth and transformation.
Fr. Gorap equally commended the Plateau State Pilgrims whom he noted; “have continued to maintain good conduct in the past years during Pilgrimage exercise.”
The Plateau Christian Pilgrims Welfare boss scored the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission high in the conduct of the 2019 general pilgrimage exercise.