President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Sheikh I.C Quaye as Chairman of the Hajj Board.
A statement issued and copied The Ghanaian Times by Acting Director of Communications, Eugene Arhin, said ten others were appointed as board members.
They are Abdul Adams Gariba, Mr. Farouk Hamza, Sheikh Amin Bonsu, Alhaji Inusa Amadu, and Kamal-Deen Abdulai.
The rest are Ismaela Ibrahim, Mohammed Osmanu Alidu, Mohammed Osumanu Yunusah, Mr. Braimah Adams, and Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed.
The statement said Dr. Seidu Zakaria, Abdulai Rahman Alhassan Gomda and Dr. Sani Abdulai were appointed to head the medical, communications and information technology units of the board.
The Hajj Board coordinates and supervises the activities of Hajj pilgrimage in Ghana.
The board ensured that Muslims, who travelled to Mecca in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform the annual spiritual and soul purification exercise, does so without difficulties
Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam which encourages Muslims who are financially endowed to visit Kabbah, the house of Allah in Saudi Arabia once in their lifetime.
The Ghanaian experience over the past years has been a mixture of success, disappointments and frustrations.
Every year, the government of Saudi Arabia gives Ghana about 3,000 slots.
Last year the number was increased and about 4,000 Ghanaian pilgrims performed Hajj.
With the upgrading of the Tamale Airport to an international status, about 1,500 pilgrims from the three regions of the north were airlifted directly to Jeddah last year.
The Hajj Board, headquartered in Accra, operates at the Hajj Village, where inspection of pilgrims takes place before they are emplaned to Jeddah.
By Malik Sullemana