As part of preparations towards the first-ever airlifting of Muslim pilgrims from the Northern Region, temporary structures are being erected at the New Hajj Village at the Jubilee Park, near the Tamale Police Barracks.
The structures are to help screen the pilgrims, and ensure their safety prior to departure.
About 150,000 pilgrims are expected to be airlifted directly from the Tamale International Airport to the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia for the annual Hajj Pilgrimage, instead of the usual take off from the Kotoka International Airport, in Accra.
In an interview with The Ghanaian Times, Mr. Daniel Mawuli Mensah, Operations Manager of Creator Digital Ghana Limited said the Hajj village would be a conveying belt system, where the pilgrims would only be screened a few hours before taken to the airport.
He said, the new system was different from the Accra operation, in that it would ensure that the pilgrims did not waste time on accommodation and feeding.
“The first three flights from the Tamale Airport are expected to take off from August 20-23 with 500 passengers on each flight from Upper East, Upper West and Northern Region,” he said.
The facility has washrooms, X-ray and first-aid machines.
Some board members of the Ghana Airport Company Limited inspecting the progress of work. With them is Mr. Reuben Katsekpor, the Northern Regional Security Liaison.
From: Geoffrey Buta, Tamale