The Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, Stefanor De Leo has vowed to support the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC in its efforts to ensure the successful airlifting of intending pilgrims to Rome.
The ambassador made the pledge Friday while playing host to the Executive Secretary of the Commission Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
The Envoy assured the NCPC boss that he would continue to cooperate and support the activities of the Commission especially in the area of visa procurement for intending pilgrims in line with the operational guidelines of the Embassy.
He affirmed that Italy and Nigeria have robust bilateral relationship that has spanned decades.
Leo further reiterated that the Italian Embassy in Abuja functions separately from the Italian Consulate in Lagos which operates independently as far as visa procurement is concerned.
He stressed the need for effective collaboration between the Embassy, the Commission and the Consulate.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Dr. Yakubu Pam said he was at the Embassy to seek further collaboration with the Ambassador.
He thanked him for all the support the Commission had enjoyed under his leadership since he assumed duty as the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria. He promised to strengthen such mutually beneficial relationship.
The NCPC helmsman in a statement by Head, Media and Public Relations,Celestine Toruka, intimated his guest that the Commission plans to embark on a Pilgrimage exercise to Rome and Israel on 16th October, 2022.
He hinted that the planned Pilgrimage exercise to Rome would afford the pilgrims the opportunity to have Papal audience with the Holy SEE at the Vatican.
The NCPC boss sort the cooperation of His Excellency to facilitate visa procurement for intending pilgrims to Rome.
Rev Pam affirmed that the Commission and the Embassy have long standing relationship on pilgrimage over the years.
The NCPC boss was accompanied on the courtesy visit by the Director of Operations, Mr Abu Okpanachi, the Head, Media and Public Relations, Mr Celestine Toruka, the Head Consular unit, Mr Frank Chukwurah and the Head of Protocol Mrs Charlene Makai.