The Chairman of the Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG), Sheikh I. C. Quaye has described the 2018 hajj as the best in the annals of Ghana’s hajj operations .
Sheikh I. C Quaye added that the current administration has laid a smooth foundation for a challenge free hajj operations which has never been seen before in Ghana.
The Hajj Board Chairman was addressing the press in Accra during the occasion of a thanksgiving ceremony organised by the PAOG to climax the 2018 hajj operations when he made the statement.
“The huge financial and moral support and cooperation accorded the Hajj Board by the President and his Vice , together with the support of the Finance Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta accounted for the successes chalked”.
To this end, he expressed the appreciation of the Muslim population in Ghana led by the National Chief Imam , Sheikh Dr. Osumanu Nuhu Sharubutu and the Hajj Board to the government for the help.
He mentioned among other things the curtailing of long delays and waiting hours at airport by pilgrims, enhancements of security during hajj operations and the proper streamlining of visa acquisition processes at the Saudi Arabia Embassy for would be pilgrims as some of the indelible successes chalked by the 2018 hajj operations.
Sheikh I. C. Quaye noted that last year’s hajj amply points to the beginning of the change in Hajj operations as directed by President Akuffo Addo during the swearing in ceremony of the Board.
The President he added called on members of the Board to to ensure that Hajj is made stress free devoid of the usual frustrations and pain endured by pilgrims over the years.
Measures put in place by the Board such as the face-lift given to medical service as well as media relations direcorate of the PAOG to the admiration of pilgrims and families helped in achieving goals of both the Board and government respectively.
The thanksgiving ceremony brought together chiefs, the clergy, hajj agents and the media.
By Mohammed Saani Ibrahim