Reduce 2019 Hajj fares-Chief Imam pleads with Govt

By; Kofi Owusu

A call has gone to the government through the National Hajj Board under the leadership of Sheikh I.C. Quaye to consider reducing this year’s Hajj fare. It would be recalled that ,Hajj Board announced 2019 Hajj fare from 15 thousand Ghana cedis last year to 19 thousand 500 cedis which met with criticisms especially from Muslim folks. The latest call to reduce the fare is  fromChief Abdullai Mohammed, the President of Council of Zongo Chiefs of Mpasatia in the Atwima Mponua district of Ashanti. He has explained that, the pilgrims go to Mecca not for business purposes but to pray for Allah to intercede on behalf for Ghana aside being one of pillars in Islam. According to him, the high cost of the trip would deny the pilgrims the chance to undertake this mandatory exercise. He said, it is very unfortunate to see the hajj fares with strange adjustment whenever the time is due. According to him, those who paid last year and could not afford to go due to some circumstances should not suffer for the new fare if he or she intends to go. Chief Abdullai Mohammed said performing hajj exercise has positive implications on the country and that all the necessary measures must be put in place to prevent the obstacles.

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