The Pilgrims Affairs of Ghana (PAOG) is putting up a temporary structure (also known) as Hajj Village at the Tamale Jubilee Park in the Northern Region to serve as accommodation for Hajj officials and the 1,500 pilgrims to be airlifted from the Tamale International Airport to Madina from August 19 to August 21, for the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
A statement signed and copied The Ghanaian Times by Alhaji Mohammed Osman Manaf, the Administrative Secretary of PAOG, said management was committed to ensuring that this year’s Hajj was successful.
According to the statement, three out of the 11 scheduled flights for this year’s Hajj would airlift 500 pilgrims everyday beginning from August 19 to August 21.
In a related development, the PAOG asked the prospective pilgrims to submit their travel passports to PAOG’s office in Accra before the close of work on Friday, August 12, 2016.
“It is very imperative for all to comply with the above directive so much so that we shall have a smooth Hajj operations. After the Friday deadline, no passport would be accepted by the registration department at the Hajj Village,” it said.
For those who have paid their fares but awaiting their passports, the statement urged them to provide their transaction codes or number to PAOG’s Administrative Secretary, adding that “ there is a special arrangement between the Passport Office and the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana to see to emergency cases regarding passports meant for Hajj Pilgrimage”.
Hajj is a special spiritual and soul purification exercise for the more than two billion Muslims across the globe.
It is one of the five pillars of Islam which enjoins financially and well-to do Muslims to embark on Pilgrimage to the House of Allah (God) in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia once in their life time.
By Times Reporter