2nd September, 2021
By Ifeanyi Olannye
Fifteen intending Christian pilgrims have tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Delta State.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday in Asaba.
He said that 77 other intending christian pilgrims from the state, due to the delay in the release of the test results by the pilgrim authority, missed their flight.
According to Aniagwu, a total of 315 pilgrims from Delta were to be airlifted to Jordan from the Port Harcourt International Airport to perform their pilgrimage.
“Of the number, 223 eventually traveled as 15 of them reportedly tested positive for the virus and 77 could not travel due to the late release of their test results”.
The commissioner, who flayed the decision of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) to centralise COVID-19 tests for intending pilgrims in the state, condemned the arrangement for causing pains to the travelers.
According to him, the centralised COVID-19 test, ordered by the NCPC, had caused untold hardship to intending pilgrims in the state.
He said it was disappointing for the intending pilgrims because Delta state had accredited centres to carry out the COVID-19 test in the state.
He, however, apologised to the affected pilgrims for the inconveniences suffered as a result of the botched arrangement, while assuring that efforts are on to remedy the situation.