Ghana: First 500 pilgrims leave for Mecca
More than 500 Ghanaian pilgrims have left for Mecca on Thursday night to perform their annual religious pilgrimage, APA learns here on Friday.
The pilgrims flew directly from the Northern city of Tamale to Mecca and about 3000 pilgrims are expected to be flown from the city in subsequent days to Mecca, thereby reducing the usual congestion at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.
Reports say that out of 500 pilgrims, the Government of Ghana would bear the full cost of 452 pilgrims, who could not make the trip to the holy land last year, but paid their fares.
They were seen off by Ghana's Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia at the Tamale Airport, who asked the pilgrims to avoid the temptation of sending any prohibited items to Mecca.
Ghana is allocated 6,200 pilgrims to attend this year's hajj as against 5000 last year.