The National Christian Pilgrims Commission, NCPC, has banned unmarried Intending Christian Pilgrims to Israel and Jordan from taking part in the exercise.
The NCPC said persons above 75 years are illegible to perform the rite, hence, their registration will not be accepted.
Mr. Samuel Haruna, Executive Secretary Bauchi State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board said this in Bauchi while briefing journalists on the level of preparation for this year’s exercise.
The Executive Secretary said that being married and not above forty years are two critical conditions that all persons wishing to register with the Commission for this year’s exercise must satisfy.
He said the Board screened out 13 prospective pilgrims last year over fielding age more than the required number of years but insisted they can reapply this year baring any inability to fulfill the age bracket criteria leased out.
Mr. Haruna called on well-to-do individuals in the society to sponsor more people for the exercise as a way of empowering individuals who are willing to go but are limited by the size of their pockets.
He said the fare for this is pegged at N1,400,000.
The Executive Secretary said that the commission undertook an inspection of accommodation to visit Israel and Jordan.