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Government increases Hajj Fare by 30%,

The 2019 Hajj fare has gone up by 30% as the Ghana Cedi keeps struggling against the Dollar

The Hajj Board in collaboration with the Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana ( PAOG) announced the new fare which has pegged at 19,500, an equivalent of $3,750.00 dollars.

It has also fixed the deadline for payment being  30th April, 2019.

Government has for the past two years absorbed the fare, pegging it at GHC15,000.

At an announcement in Accra, on Wednesday, the Chairman of the Hajj Board , Sheikh I.C Quaye, urged would-be pilgrims to hasten and pay their fares with their respective hajj agents 

” Pilgrims can now start paying their hajj fares to avoid last minute rush ” he noted.
He added that the fare should have been more than the agreed fare but it’s due to government’s intervention hence arriving on the Ghc 19500, equivalent to USD 3500.

Sheikh I. C Quaye promised that this year’s hajj service shall be among the best of the best from the PAOG.
He also warned would be pilgrims to be careful not to deal with roadside agents who would promise them protocol slots. ” It’s only the government that can guarantee pilgrims protocol slots”.

On his part, the chairman for the Hajj Agents Association, Alhaji Issah Umar urged pilgrims to contact their respective hajj agents to start paying their fares. Board and the Hajj Agents Association of Ghana.
However, some travelling agents have raised a red flag over the timing of the announcement and deadline given.
They argue that the two months and two weeks issued for pilgrims to settle their fares is not enough and that it would put more burden on the pilgrims.

They have therefore, appealed for a little extension of time from the Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana, beyond the agreed deadline

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