Some leading members of the National Democratic Congress have been applauded by the National Nasara Coordinator for the New Patriotic Party, Kamal-Deen Abdulai, for their sterling roles and initiatives in ensuring a smooth and successful Hajj pilgrimage during the tenure of both the Rawlings and Atta Mills/Mahama administrations.
Kamal-Deen Abdulai mentioned the former Ghana Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Alhaji Said Sinare, Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Alhaji Inusah Fuseni and Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu as some key notable figures within the NDC that contribute generously to the growth and development of Muslim communities in Ghana.
“If you consider men like Alhaji Huudu Yahaya, Mahama Iddrisu, and Inusah Fuseni, all these men have done their part to help assist to help grow Mother Ghana. When it comes to religion, we are one and united people devoid of any political party colours. We are all one when it comes to the Islam faith,” he said.
Speaking during an interview with an Accra-based radio station, Neat FM, the National Coordinator of NPP Nasara group noted that Ambassador Sinare is well noted for his interventions during the season of Ramadan where he personally provides assistance to Ghanaian Hajj pilgrims who enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
“He has done a lot for the Muslim community in this country. He goes his way to distribute free the Holy Quran and other items to Muslims, irrespective of your political affiliation,” he said.
Mr. Abdulai further expressed optimism that this year’s Muslim holy exercise (Hajj), currently handled by the National Hajj Board, led by its Chairman, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, will witness a successful outcome since the government has provided the necessary support to ensure a trouble-free Hajj.
He appealed to all Muslims to pray for the growth, development and peace for the country in this month of Ramadan.
The first batch of Muslim pilgrims performing this year’s holy exercise (Hajj) in the Islamic Republic of Saudi Arabia will leave Ghana on August 10.
According to the National Hajj Board, a total of six flights are supposed to be made directly from the Tamale airport in the Northern Region to the Holy land.
Though the Saudi Arabian government has allocated a 6,800 quota to Ghana, the Hajj Board says it has budgeted for 6,200 as of now and that efforts were underway to secure funding for the remaining 600.
This year, the Tamale Sport Stadium has been chosen as the alternative place to set up the Hajj village for the processing and documentation of the pilgrims in the northern zone.
The erstwhile John Dramani Mahama government upgraded the airport to the status of an international airport after the expansion project and organized the first hajj flights to fly directly from Tamale to Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during last year’s pilgrimage.