Ghana Hajj Board sets April 30 deadline for $6500 hajj fees
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Accra – The Ghana Hajj Board has asked prospective hajj pilgrims to pay $6500 or GHS75,000 equivalent as hajj fees by April 30, 2023.

This is to allow the Board to make adequate preparations and arrangements for Ghanaian Muslims to perform their obligatory religious duty with ease.

“Prospective Hajj pilgrims are encouraged to pay early through any of the 42 accredited Hajj Agents nationwide in order to secure their slot,” the Board said in a statement released on Thursday.

It also disclosed that the GHS75,000 equivalent as hajj fees is subject to change after March 31, 2023, due to changes in the prevailing exchange rate of the Cedi to the US dollar.

The announcement of hajj fares comes as the first move of the reconstituted Hajj Board that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo has put together.

They included the Coordinator for Zongo Development under the Office of the President, Alhaji Ben Abdallah Banda as Chairman and Habib Iddrisu, the Deputy Majority Chief Whip and Member of Parliament for Tolon Constituency.

Other newly appointed members of the 12-member board included Hajia Safia Mohammed, Deputy National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and Chief Saddique Jimala III, Acting Chairman of the National Council of Zango Chiefs.

The rest were Hajia Azara Haroun, Chief Executive Officer of the Zakat and Sadaqa Trust Fund and  Alhaji Musah Akambonga, Ashanti Regional President of the Council of Zango Chiefs and Chief of the Frafra Community in Kumasi.

Members retained from the dissolved board included Sheikh Amin Bonsu, the National Chairman of the Ghana Muslim Mission; Alhaji Inusah Amadau, a Hajj Agent and an immediate past contender for the NPP North Regional Chairman and Alhaji Osumanu Yunusah, Advisor at the Office of the Vice President.

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The remaining members were Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Mohammed, Cleric, Academician and Head of the Dawah committee of the Board; Dr Seidu Zakaria, Director of the Ghana Hajj medical team and Abdul Rahman Alhassan Gomda, Veteran journalist and News Editor at the Daily Guide Newspaper.

The president also appointed four persons to constitute the Hajj Secretariat.

They included Alhaji Farouk Hamza as Executive Secretary and Ibrahim Adjei, Ahmed Abu, and Ahmed Tijani as members.

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