The Chairman of the Ghana Hajj Board, Hon. Sheikh I.C Quaye has assured Muslims and prospective pilgrims that this year’s pilgrimage to Mecca will be more successful than ever.
According to him, the Board has made some arrangements to ensure a successful and stress- free pilgrimage.
The Hajj Chair gave the assurance during an orientation programme organized by the Ghana Hajj Agents Association which included many stakeholders from various sectors like the Hajj Medical Team, the Dahwa among others.
He said the issue of transportation, accommodation and feeding have been taken care of to ensure the comfort of pilgrims.
He further noted that Saudi Arabia authorities have provided brand new Luxurious buses for Ghanaian pilgrims which will be used to transport them during the Hajj activities.
He called on all prospective pilgrims to abide by the rules given to them by their agents during the allocation of the rooms.
He said pilgrims will be fed with different variety of food in Mecca and transportation will be provided to the Ka’bah whiles in Mecca.
He further assured that the board has made all necessary arrangements to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of pilgrims before, during and after the Hajj rites.
On security arrangement, Sheikh I.C Quaye stated that the board has over the years been confronted with many challenges where Ghanaians in diaspora takes over the hotels and other facilities meant for the pilgrims which becomes difficult for the board to address.
This according to him prompted the board to request for its own security personnel from Ghana to curb the situation, which the Saudi Arabia Authorities have accepted.
He added that the board has also engaged the services of some selected security agencies which include the immigration, police, military and the fire service, all of whom have been taken to Bundase for training and orientation on how to work together as a team.
He said the services of the security personnel during last year’s hajj helped the board, hence the need to take them through orientation and training.
He revealed that activities of these Ghanaians in diaspora create wrong impression that Ghanaian pilgrims with the hajj board are stranded whereby they are not, since they are not part of the Ghanaian pilgrims but on their own.
Story by: Muhammed Faisel Mustapha