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Hajj Board: Pilgrims who couldn’t make it to Mecca will get their monies back

Some Ghanaians who paid to travel to Mecca were unable to do so, according to the Board, because of the restrictions the Saudi Arabian authorities put on pilgrims.

Abdul Rahman Gomda, the communications director for the Hajj Board, said in an interview with Citi FM in Accra that the board is aware of the frustration of many of the pilgrims who have been left disappointed at the hajj village because they expected to have left the country for the 2022 hajj, but it is unable to do much for them due to the limit placed on the number of Ghanaian pilgrims Saudi Authorities will allow into the country.

Each nation is assigned a quota. We had 6,000 pilgrims planned to go two years prior. Sadly, Covid arrived. Although we first believed it would be doable, it was not. The Hajj is overseen by a specific agency under the control of the Saudi government, and it was agreed to provide 3,069 spots to Ghana. Not everyone will be able to go given the conditions, which is why you are seeing these agitations and discontentments, he remarked.

They said that the board is making efforts to guarantee that the disgruntled pilgrims have their money returned as soon as possible.

Some pilgrims claim that the Hajj Board has confiscated all of their passports, while others claim that their names have been purposefully omitted off the final list of travelers.

They claimed that despite having confirmation of their credentials, the 2019 batch has not yet been flown despite the Hajj Board’s vow to give them priority.

They have vowed to receive their money back despite having lowered chances.

“They stated they couldn’t locate my passport; I’m crushed, and while I try not to cry, it’s difficult. The claim that individuals who paid in 2019 would be among the first passengers did not materialize.

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