The chiefs and Muslim leaders in the Northern Region have commended the government and the Hajj Board for working assiduously to airlift the pilgrims from the Tamale Airport to Mecca, this year.
They indicated that there were now very clear signs that the pledge by the President to fly would -be pilgrims from Tamale to Saudi Arabia this year was real.
They stated this when the Hajj Board members led by the Administration Secretary of the Pilgrims Affairs of Ghana (PAOG), Alhaji Mohammed Osman Manaf, paid courtesy calls on the Chiefs and some Imams in Tamale at the weekend to officially inform them that the first flight would take off on August 19 at the Tamale Airport.
The chiefs and imams could not hide the feeling and excitement about the news and commended the government and Hajj Board for it.
Sheilkh Ibrahim Baasha, leader of Al-Suna Waljamah,said the move would not only relieve the sufferings of the would -be pilgrims and their families and friends but would also help reduce poverty in the area.
“We cannot, but to thank Allah and commend President John Dramani Mahama for fulfilling the promise he made to us,” he stated.
The Paramount Chief of Tamale, Dakpemah Naa Alhassan Abdulai on his part commended the government for the support.
He impressed upon the government and the Hajj Board not to hesitate to approach them for any assistance.
Alhaji Manaf expressed the Hajj Board’s appreciation to all, especially the chiefs and Imams for continous support to the board.
Alhaji J B Mohammed who accompanied the Administrative secretary on his part urged the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly and other stakeholders to help ensure an accident-free exercise in Tamale.
From: Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale