A group calling itself Vigilante For a Better Zongo in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region has issued a statement calling on the new Chairman of the Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG), Sheikh I. C. Quaye, to conduct investigation and possible prosecution of alleged malfeasance by the previous Hajj Board.
A representative of the group, Jambeidu Issahaku Khan told the media that the immediate past Hajj board chaired by Hon. Ibrahim Tanko and Member of Parliament for Yagaba-Kubori ought to be invited to answer questions in the rot that saw an embezzlement of an amount of Gh23 million.
The amount which was supposed to have been paid to some aircraft companies that rendered services to the pilgrims in 2016 was neither paid nor accounted for.
A statement issued by the group said it foresees a recurrence of the setbacks bedeviling the prospective pilgrims for the 2017 year should there be any reluctance in probing the allegations of embezzlement and eventually settling the airline companies.
The statement added that the Sheikh I. C. Quaye led board must be advised to pick lessons and then assist by insisting on a proper accountability to facilitate their operations this year.
The Bolga youth group in its statement also congratulated the new Pilgrims Affairs Office of Ghana (PAOG) which was sworn into office last week.