President Nana Ado Dankwa Akufo-Addo Dankwa has asked Muslim pilgrim who will be making the Hajj trip to Mecca to pray for him and Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia.
“We are going to take you up on the pledge that the Chairman of the Hajj board has made that the pilgrims, when you go to Mecca this year, will pray for me, will pray for the vice president and the nation Ghana,” he noted.
President Nana Akufo Addo made his comments during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Hajj board on Thursday, February 16.
The New Chairman of the Hajj board, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, also pledged on his part to make sure to do everything in his power to make sure that the organization of this year's Hajj trip goes off without a hitch.
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The new Hajj Board's swearing in follows numerous calls for the New Patriotic Party government (NPP) to investigate the previous one formed under President Mahama's tenure. These allegations were due to what was referred to as financial irregularities on behalf of the then Hajj Board Chairman, Ibrahim Abdul Rauf Tanko.
Speaking to Class FM’s Kwesi Parker Wilson, the Chairman of the Hajj Board also related how stressful previous Hajj trips had been due to pilgrims converging to one place to be airlifted. He said that the new administration would seek to find less stressful ways.
“This time the pilgrims are not going to converge [on] one place where there will be struggles and all that. You will be informed two days ahead so those who are to leave are those who will go and converge and get the flight.”
He also touched on instances where people to go to on the pilgrimage and ended up not going.
“We are not going to face a situation where people will pay and will not go. All those who pay must have the opportunity of performing the Hajj.”
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