Government has deployed 55 security personnel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist Ghanaian pilgrims.
The 55 comprising soldiers, fire service personnel and officers from the Ghana police service are expected to prevent the infiltration of the Ghana camp by other foreign nationals at Minnah where millions of people converge.
Ghana hajj board said the deployment was to avert the previous year’s experience where foreigners invaded or intruded on Ghana's camp.The security will provide protection and maintained peace and order.
Director of Communication at the National Hajj Board, Dr Sidiq Abubakar Ahmed told journalists that the board was hopeful that with the successful take off of the first batch of pilgrims, other flights will just be as successful.
The security personnel Dr Sidiq Abubakar explained will be working alongside with the board's task-force to ensure a smooth hajj this year.
Meanwhile, the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Salifu Saeed has appealed to the hajj board to consider making the remaining flights to take off from the Tamale international airport.
Mr Saeed argued that the interest and smooth nature of the activities will ease pressure on the board to enable it deal with administrative work. Tamale, the minister insisted has everything pilgrims need and traders both in Tamale and Accra are cashing-in at the special market.