The National Hajj Board has announced that the fare for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage is GHȼ19,000.00, an equivalent of $3,750.00 dollars.
The board arrived at the decision in collaboration with Pilgrimage Affairs Office of Ghana ( PAOG), urging would-be pilgrims to pay in time.
The cost represent a 30% increment of the fare, amid struggle of the Ghana cedi against the dollar.
PAOG however explained that the new fare could have been a lot higher if not for the intervention of the government.
The announcement was made by the chairman of the PAOG, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, at a press conference at the Hajj Village in Accra.
The chairman consequently urged would-be pilgrims to hasten to pay their fares to their respective hajj agents to meet the April 30, 2019 deadline as there would be no extension of the timeline.
“We would like to appeal to all those who intend to embark on this year’s pilgrimage to start paying their hajj fares to avoid last minute rush for there shall not be an extension of the April 30 deadline,” he said.
According to him, the PAOG had been allotted 6,000 slots for this year’s pilgrimage, saying “2019 hajj shall be among the best of the best from the PAOG.”