2017 Hajj Fare Maintained For 2018

Hajj Board Chairman, Alhaji Sheikh I. C. Quaye has announced on Tuesday that 2017 Hajj fare of Gh₵15, 000.00 (i.e. $3,000) is maintained for the 2018 so that the pilgrims could afford to embark on this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca.
According to Sheik I. C. Quaye, the pilgrims were supposed to pay Gh₵19, 000.00 but the government has promised to subsidize with over Gh₵ 2 million, in view of this, the board opted to airlift only 5,500 interested pilgrims to Mecca this year, instead of the usual 6,400.
Addressing the media in Accra, Sheikh charged interested pilgrims to start paying their fares enable the Board to meet the June 30, 2018 deadline given by Saudi Arabia; “late payment shall not be accepted this time around”, he warned.
He explained that late payment affects planning and operations amongst many other things, so there will be no extension. The Board chairman sends a signal that if even few pilgrims paid to meet the deadline would be airlifted irrespective as to whether the quota was met or not.
He directed pilgrims to make their payment into Hajj account at any of the Unibank branches across the country. However, officers are also assigned to receive payment directly at the Hajj village near the Polo ground around the airport. No payment in installments will be allowed from any pilgrims, Sheik sounded.
The Board Chairman, Sheikh I. C. Quaye hinted that Hajj fare increment was as a result of the high cost of social amenities/utilities – water, electricity, amongst others all of which shot up astronomically in Saudi Arabia.
He also informed the media that 5,500 pilgrims would be housed in a cluster of hotels located in an area called Shaari Sitteen in Saudi. Sheikh further promised local dishes would also be served during pilgrims’ transit in Medina Munawwarah throughout their 20 days stay in Mecca.
The statement indicated the medical teams both in Ghana and Saud are ready to start their activities so as to provide the pilgrims with efficient health needs including screening.
The security made up of the Police and the Army would assist in diverse ways to ensure the luggage of the pilgrims are safe.
www.therepublicnewsonline.com/ Delali A. Awuyeh

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