Hajj Committee holds 2017 Hajj thanksgiving ceremony

The National Hajj Committee on Monday held a Thanksgiving and National Prayer service at the Hajj Village to mark the completion of the successful 2017 pilgrimage.

The programme was attended by the Chairman of the Ghana Hajj Board Sheikh I.C Quaye, the Chief Imam Sheikh Dr. Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu as the Guest of Honour, together with the ten regional chief Imams and other Imams from across the country.

As part of the programme, recitations from the Quran were done coherently by all the ten regional Imams present, followed by an address read on behalf of the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, who thanked all who contributed to the success of the 2017 Hajj.

The Vice president also commended the Hajj Board for their efforts.

This was followed by a welcome address by Sheikh I.C Quaye who thanked and lauded President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuf0 Addo and Dr. Bawumia for their support to the Hajj Board and the 2017 pilgrims in general.

He said “Mr. President, your support led to a 2017 Hajj that could be described as the most caring and successful in the history of Hajj operations in Ghana. A number of reasons that attest to this fact include but not limited to the following. For the first time ever, your government cleared a debt of gh¢31,000,000 incurred by the previous board to pave the way for Ghana’s participation in the hajj. As history would have it, as many as 452 left over would-be pilgrims in 2016 were airlifted through your intervention on compassionate grounds with the cooperation of your able vice president Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia and the minister of finance.”

Sheikh I.C Quaye went on to exhibit to the audience the three awards he received from Mecca during the Hajj, with one of them from the Chief Imam at the mosque in Mecca.

Solidarity messages were also read out by some of the Imams present.

By: Michael Ogbodu/citifmonline.com/Ghana