Hajj Pilgrims Urged To Pay Realistic Charges For 2014

The National Hajj Committee chairman is urging prospective pilgrims to pay realistic charges as thousands prepare for this year’s journey to Mecca. The call, according to Alhaji Ibrahim Rauf Tanko, follows recent depreciation of the Cedi against the dollar. He told Joy News Evans Mensah that it has negatively impacted on the cost of travel to Mecca. The Committee had set a flat rate of GHc9,900 for all prospective pilgrims based on the dollar exchange rate more than four months ago. But the continued depreciation of the Cedi has eroded the value causing losses to the Hajj committee. Therefore, Alhaji Tanko called on well-meaning Moslems to support the Islamic course.