The 2019 fare for the 2019 Hajj pilgrimage has been increased by 23 percent.
The Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG), in collaboration with Hajj Agents Association, has pegged the 2019 pilgrimage fare at GH¢19,500, an equivalent of $3,500 dollars.
In 2018, Hajj pilgrims paid GH¢15,000 to make the journey to the holy land.
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The chairman of the PAOG, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, made the announcement at a press conference at the Hajj Village in Accra.
Sheikh I.C. Quaye opined that the fare could have been more but for the intervention of government.
He also urged persons who would love to make the journey this year to pay their monies on time to their respective hajj agents to meet the April 30, 2019 deadline as there would be no extension of the timeline.
“We would like to appeal to all those who intend to embark on this year’s pilgrimage to start paying their hajj fares to avoid last minute rush for there shall not be an extension of the April 30 deadline,” he added.
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According to him, the PAOG had been allotted 6,000 slots for this year’s pilgrimage, saying “2019 hajj shall be among the best of the best from the PAOG.”
The chairman, however, cautioned would-be pilgrims against dealing with what he called, “roadside agents” who, according to him, were in the habit of promising pilgrims some protocol slots.
According to him, it was only the government that can guarantee anyone a protocol slot.
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