- Sheik I.C Quaye, Chairman of the Hajj Board, has given an assurance of the best of Tuo Zaafi during this year's Hajj
- This has done little to comfort travelers as issues of travelling and accommodation continue to frustrate them
The Chairman of the Hajj Board, Sheikh I.C Quaye, has assured pilgrims of the best of meals as they embark on this year’s Hajj.
According to him, the delicious food will be prepared by a Nigeria-based Saudi Arabian, with support from the government.
His assurances come after rumours of confusion at the Hajj Village in Accra, on Saturday, August 11, 2018, as prospective pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia demanded answers from the Hajj Board over delays in their flight.
The anxiety of prospective pilgrims continue to heighten as the airports in the two Holy Cities of Saudi Arabia, Makkah and Medina, are expected to be closed on Thursday, August 16, 2018, to any flight carrying prospective pilgrims from any part of the world.
The pilgrims, who were supposed to be airlifted that morning, vented their frustrations on the Hajj Board, with some accusing Board members of incompetence and lack of proper planning.
The situation has since not been solved, as the Board could not charter a bigger aircraft to airlift the pilgrims to embark on the pilgrimage.
Additionally, no information has been communicated to the prospective pilgrims, as they have remained in darkness for the past five days.
The Board, instead of contracting a bigger airplane which could fly about 506 passengers on a single manifest as done by the previous regime, opted for a 174-passenger aircraft for this year’s operations.
The Board also requested Saudi authorities to reduce Ghana’s quota of 6,700 pilgrims to 5,500, which created a lot of tension among the Hajj agents and prospective pilgrims.
This has compelled some of the agents travelling as far as to Nigeria to seek consideration from partner agents for their passengers to embark on the holy journey.
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