The Ghana Hajj board has revealed that all prospective pilgrims who paid to travel to the Holy kingdom of Saudi Arabia this year to perform their pilgrimage will have their monies refunded to them as a result of the COVID-19 pandamic.
This was made known to Radio Waa 92.1fm during an interview with the Director of Communications at the Ghana Hajj Board, Dr. Abubakar Siddik Ahmed.
According to the comunications Director, the message received from the ministry of Hajj affairs in Saudi Arabia has declared that, this year’s hajj will be performed by only Saudi Nationals due the outbreak of Covid-19. Dr. Siddik following this said, the Ghana Hajj Board begun a stakeholder meeting initially with government followed by the accredited Hajj Agents on the matter.
He further clarified that, “all those who paid their monies directly to the Hajj Board account will have their monies refunded in full, however, those who paid through accredited agents would have to meet their respective hajj agents for their refund”.
The main aim of the Saudi government is to ensure that every pilgrim is protected and safe but according to Dr. Siddik, the Saudi Government cannot guarantee the safety of pilgrims due to the Covid-19.
He therefore entreated muslims to stay calm and abide by the Covid-19 protocols and keep themselves safe from the pandemic.
This year’s prospective pilgrims paid an amount of Nineteen thousand five hundred Cedis (Ghc19,500.00) to have performed the fifth Islamic pillar.