Pilgrims To Provide Guarantors To Curtail Escape From Holy Ground – Official

Pilgrims to provide guarantors

The Plateau State Government has threatened to henceforth take legal actions against any pilgrim that absconds from the holy ground.

Speaking with The Nation, the Executive Secretary of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev  Fr George Gorap, said pilgrims will have to provide a guarantor who would be made to face the full wrath of the law as contained in the pilgrimage form.

He said that the board would henceforth also penalise any person caught selling any pilgrimage form. According to the cleric, the organisation has put in place procedures that will make it difficult for pilgrims to elope while in the Holy Land.

“It  is expected  that Christian Pilgrims to Jerusalem, Israel for December 2020 are to undergo  robust screening exercises to ascertain their eligibility to embark on the holy spiritual exercise.”

Gorap disclosed that in 2018, the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong sponsored 1,700 persons and one person absconded.
“Last year, the state government again sponsored 1,200 persons and three persons absconded, this year because of the challenges of COVID 19, we are yet to get any notice from the Israel government, however, we are preparing and our governor, Simon Lalong has indicated interest to sponsor people for pilgrimage.

“However if we would have to, then all pilgrims from the state must provide a guarantor to stand as surety for them before they will be allowed to perform these important spiritual exercises this December,” he said.

He added that the Plateau State government is working hard to ensure that abscondment while on pilgrimage becomes a thing of the past.

He affirmed that the governor had sponsored the highest number of pilgrims from 2018 to date.

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