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2,100 pilgrims from 3 regions of the north to perform this year Hajj


About 2,100 would-be pilgrims from Northern, Upper East and Upper West are expected to leave the Tamale international airport for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia beginning August 5th to perform this year’s hajj.

The First flight is scheduled to begin loading at 8am and leave Tamale for Mecca around 12:30pm.

The Second flight is also expected to land at the Tamale Air Port to commence loading around 11:30am.

Six hundred and one (601) would-be pilgrims are expected each day to leave Tamale to the Saudi Kingdom with flight A3-30 taking 237 passengers whilst Boeing 777 will take 364 passengers.

Speaking on Zaa Islam Hour, Communication Director of National Hajj Board in charge of Northern Zone Alhaji Haruna Elliyasu stated that the number excludes government sponsored pilgrims.

All would-be pilgrims Alhaji Haruna said are expected to converge at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium on time. 

On rumors making rounds that the board has imposed 3 thousand additional charges on pilgrims, the communication director explained that Ghana hajj board has no hands in it.

The charges he explained were new taxes imposed on pilgrims by the Saudi authorities for certain amenities but that even excludes those who have performed the rituals for over five years.

On the biometric machine not capturing over 80 years old pilgrims finger pring, Alhaji Haruna allayed fears that even if anyone’s finger print is not captured he or she will go and perform the Hajj.

The finger print he explained, is for reasons.

He however, advised that it will be better for those sending their aged  relatives or friends to either accompany them or get someone to assist them in Mecca.

He entreated would-be pilgrims who have difficulties of their passport to let their agents get in touch with hajj board of the northern region for immediate resolution of the problem.


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