Saturday 20th August, 2016
Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Aug. 20, GNA – Some of the would-be
pilgrims, who will travel from Tamale to Mecca for this year’s pilgrimage, have
expressed joy at the new arrangement saying it has made the trip very
comfortable for them.
Mohamadu Mumuni, Iman from Sagnarigu/Kukuo,
a would-be pilgrim, told the Ghana News Agency at the Hajj Village in Tamale on
Friday that he was happy to be travelling from his home region to Mecca to
perform his religious rights.
The first batch of the would-be pilgrims
numbering about 500 gathered at the Hajj Village in Tamale on Friday where
officials from the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Airports Company
took them through the departure formalities.
A total 1500 would-be pilgrims are expected
to travel from Tamale to Mecca.
The first flight will take off on Friday
afternoon from the Tamale Airport.
The Tamale Airport has been rehabilitated
and the runway extended to enable big planes to land and take off with ease.
President John Mahama is expected to
inaugurate the Tamale International Airport on Friday afternoon, shortly before
the first flight of the would-be pilgrims takes off.
Imam Mumuni said it would be better for all
pilgrims be flown from Tamale to Mecca since that route was shorter (five
hours) than Accra to Mecca (six hours).
He said the would-be pilgrims were going as
one family urging them to remain as one family in all their endeavours in Mecca
and return home again as one family.
Mrs Fuseina Mohammed expressed joy with the
new Tamale-Mecca arrangement saying it shortens the worry and hustle usually
associated with the journey in Accra.
GNA has also gathered unconfirmed
information that nationals from neighbouring countries including Togo and
Burkina Faso have also joined Ghanaian would-be pilgrims to travel from Tamale