The Chairman of the Ghana hajj board, Sheikh I C Quaye says the first batch of Ghanaian pilgrims in this year’s Hajj shall arrive at the Tamale international airport tomorrow Thursday September 6, and end on September10, 2018.
Sheikh Quaye announced this to a jubilant crowed of pilgrims who attended a town hall meeting with hajj agents and other stake holders including security officials and members of hajj board in Dar Rees hotel in Mecca, in the Saudi Arabia yesterday.
Touching on the flight schedule for Tamale and Accra, Sheikh I C Quaye clarified that, there shall be a total of twelve in-bound flights, 2per day in Tamale, lifting a total of 2,622 pilgrims over 6days from king Abdul Aziz international airport in Jeddah. He added, each of the six flights shall airlifts 437 pilgrims.
Accra on the other hand, shall airlift a total of 3,132 pilgrims over 10days from Jeddah to Accra. The first schedule flight commence on Monday September 19, 2018.
Sheikh I C Quaye explained that, it took a lot of tact, witness and hard negotiations to get the airline-flynas to accept to roll backwards the original flight schedule of August 14, 2018. The financial and physical ramifications for such a delay would have bought untold hardship to the pilgrims.
The change was therefore a welcoming relief to all and sundry, it has reduced the waiting period for eight good days. Sheikh I C Quaye as the chairman of the board, is highly appreciative to all those who contributed in diverse ways towards this year’s successful Hajj.
He thanked the executives, particular the President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo and his able Vice President Alhaj Dr. Mahmud Bawumia for their enormous support to the pilgrims and the pilgrim’s affairs office of Ghana.
Mr. Quaye further commended the interior minister Hon. Anbrose Dery and his indefatigable deputy as security agencies as a whole. He was equally very grateful to the officials of the Saudi Arabia embassy, the Director General of Mouassassah and his deputy in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia who contributed significantly to the success of this year’s Hajj.
He was highly impressed that, other pilgrims from the West African sub-region were served with Ghanaian ration in Medina, Mecca and in particular Mina. This was possible because of the abundance of food in the Ghanaian camp.
Sheikh I C Quaye hugely commended the role of hajj board members and the information delivery system created for the first time ever in Ghana and Mina by communication directorate. “The commendations from our pilgrims please our hearts and the team promises to do more.
Information was delivered timely, clearly and accurately ,complaints were received ,follow-ups made and feedback were given and dealt with. Lost and found items were reported, scheduled times and periods of undertaking hajj rituals were announced thereby facilitating easy mobilization and assemblage of the pilgrims as never before” he stated.
He added that “the Azan which the Muslim call to prayer became a normal routine as expected in the Mina camp. Our clerics used the facility to educate pilgrims on the how and why rituals are, of each hajj. This democratic innovation has come to stay and be improved upon in future” he stressed.