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Government Urged To Allow Direct Haj Flights From Tamale

2008-02-06 00:02:33
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THE government has been asked to consider allowing Muslims from the northern sector who want to perform the annual pilgrimage in Mecca to fly direct from Tamale airport to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Ibrahim Basha, a Muslim leader in Tamale, said that now that the Tamale airport has been rehabilitated, it should be possible for international flights to take off and land there.

Besides, he said direct flight from Tamale would help resolve the problems associated with all Muslims congregating in Accra before going to Mecca.

Sheikh Basha made the suggestions at a press conference held at the weekend in Tamale.

He recalled that in the early 70s pilgrims in the northern regions were flown directly from Tamale to Jeddah without any problem and wondered why such a thing could not happen now, in spite of the modern state of the Tamale airport.

Sheikh Basha expressed worry about the organisation of Haj in Ghana which had suddenly become a canker for the Muslim community and the country as a whole and called on the government to probe the activities of the Haj Committee to prevent a recurrence of last year’s incident.

He said the haj committee should be reconstituted to bring competent people, "even if they are non-Muslims," to ensure that haj is properly organised to save the whole country the problems associated with it.

He suggested that "competent people and travel agencies should be invited to assist in organising trouble-free haj".

Sheikh Basha commended the Pre-sident for the timely intervention in last year’s haj organisa-tion which would have otherwise been a fiasco.

"But for the timely intervention there would have been loss of live at the Cargo Village," he said.

source: Ghanaian Times

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