The National Hajj Board has said it will request an investigation into the GHC 24 million Hajj debt owed by the previous board to the Saudi Arabian government.
According to a Starr FM report, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, the chairman of the board was addressing the press when he stated that the debt owed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could mean Ghana could lose its Hajj slot.
“The chairman of the previous Hajj Board, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tanko, has presented a handover notes to the new board with a debt overhang of almost GHc 25 million being outstanding payment to be in respect of 2015 and 2016 Hajj.
But pilgrims must rest assured that a solution has been found and the pilgrimage to Mecca shall surely come off as planned. The appropriate state institutions shall take over the debt issue for further investigation,” Sheikh I.C Quaye said.
He further stated that regardless of the current debt situation, the board has maintained the cost of the Hajj package at $3,450 dollars ( GHC 15, 000) which includes some additional incentives.
Sheikh Quaye further indicated that as part of efforts by the board to ensure a successful Hajj, six flights will airlift pilgrims from the three regions of the north.
“The Tamale International Airport will be used to lift pilgrims from the Northern part of the country," he said.
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