A total of 1,800 Muslim pilgrims have so far been flown from the Tamale Airport to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to perform this year’s Hajj.

Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahammudu Bawumia has announced Government’s decision not to increase fares for the 2018 pilgrimage to Mecca.

According to him, Government has decided to maintain the fares from last year’s pilgrimage.

He said despite the increment announced by the Saudi Arabian Government, the President has directed the Hajj Board to maintain the fares.

The Vice President made the announcement at the 50th anniversary to mark the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad by the Tijanniya Movement of Ghana in Kumasi.

Some pastors in the Tamale Metropolis preached the messages of peace and unity during various sermons to their congregations to usher in the New Year.

Some of the churches the GNA visited were filled to capacity where they sung praises to God for living to complete another year.

The Reverend Jeremiah Issahaku, the Senior Pastor of the Impact Makers Assemblies of God Church in Tamale advised Christians and Ghanaians in general to emulate the life of Christ who died on the cross for the sake of sins of mankind.

Flynas’ airbus A330 has airlifted a total of 420 pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from the Tamale Airport for the start of this year’s Hajj.

The number is 86 short of the original figure for the first flight. The flight got to the Tamale Airport Friday night.

Following the clash between followers of the Ambariyya and Masjidul factions of the Islamic faith, Musah Superior, the Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive, has initiated peace talks between them.

According to the mayor, there should be peace and stability in the region to enhance development.

He engaged the leaders of both factions at separate meetings and indicated that the engagements were “cordial, frank and useful.” Leaders of the groups have promised to promote peace and stability in their various mosques and among the various sects.

Hundreds of Muslims embarking on the Hajj pilgrimage are stranded in Tamale due to an emergency at the destination country – Mecca.

About 500 pilgrims were expected to be airlifted from the Tamale International Airport Thursday at 8.30pm but the flight was cancelled.

Friends of Very Rev. Monsignor Roger Aboteyuure in Accra have in the spirit of Christmas raised GH¢80,000 to support the new Bolgatanga cathedral project conceived by the monsignor in 1993. Work on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral project commenced in 2003.

The amount was realised at a fund-raising programme dubbed, “An evening with Monsignor Aboteyuure and friends” in Accra.

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