First batch of Hajj pilgrim to leave on July 24 – Sheikh I. C Quaye

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Chairman of the Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana, Sheikh I.C. Quaye has mentioned that all things being equal, the first batch of the 2019 hajj pilgrims will depart Ghana on July 24, 2019.

He said they will as usual start from Tamale and then to Accra to fly all pilgrims to Mecca for the annual religious ritual.
He said all 6,000 pilgrims wanting to travel met the April 30 deadline to make all necessary payments of GH?19,500, and they are currently verifying their identities before processing their visas.
The chairman made this known in an interview with the media after receiving a cheque for GH?40,000 from Twellium Foundation, the charity arm of Twellium Industries for the completion of the Alajo Central Mosque.
Sheikh I.C. Quaye mentioned that they have been able to secure good accommodation for the pilgrims, saying, “When we talk about accommodation, we mean five-star hotels and all that and so on.”
According to him, preparations were ahead of schedule and his outfit was looking to improve on the gains chalked by Ghana in the 2018 Hajj and also to prevent any mishaps.
He thanked Twellium Foundation for the presentation for the gesture, saying Ramadan enjoins Muslims to be charitable to all kinds of people, especially the vulnerable, and, therefore, called on Muslims to observe the month.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Ayawaso Central, Alhaji Mohammed Quaye, who is also supervising the expansion work of the Alajo Central Mosque, added that the mosque originally had a capacity of 1,300, and they are looking at expanding it to twice the figure.
He said although the donation from Twellium will go a long way to help them, they will still need about GH?120,000 to complete the project.

By Kenneth O. ADADE, Accra

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