The Ghana Hajj Board has assured that it will refund monies of pilgrims who couldn’t make it to Mecca to perform hajj this year.
According to the Board, due to the limit, the Saudi Arabian government placed on the pilgrims, some Ghanaians who have paid couldn’t emplane for Mecca.
Speaking with Accra-based Citi FM, the Communications Director for the Hajj Board, Abdul Rahman Gomda said the board is aware of the discontent of many of the pilgrims who have been left disappointed at the hajj village because they expected to have left the country for Saudi Arabia for the 2022 hajj however, it is not able to do much for them due to the cap placed on the number of Ghanaian pilgrims Saudi Authorities will allow into the country.
“Every country is given a quota. Two years ago we had 6,000 pilgrims who were scheduled to travel. Unfortunately, Covid came. We thought it was going to be possible, but that was not possible. The Saudi authorities have a special ministry for Hajj, and they decided that Ghana should be given a quota of 3,069. Under the circumstances, not everybody will be able to go, and as a result of which you are seeing these agitations and discontentment,” he said.
They said the board is working to ensure that the disappointed pilgrims get back their monies in due time.
According to some of the pilgrims, all their passports have been withheld by the Hajj Board, while some alleged their names have been intentionally removed from the final list of travelers.
They added the Hajj Board promised to prioritize the 2019 batch but they are yet to be airlifted, despite proof of their documentation.
With diminished hopes, they have sworn to get a refund of their money.
“They said they cannot find my passport; I am broken, I don’t want to cry but it’s not easy. We were told those who paid in 2019 are going to be among the first passengers but that did not happen.”