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GHANAIAN MUSLIM TO PAY OVER GH¢100,000.00 FOR HAJJ2023-PMF PREDICTS

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In a press conference at the Ghana International Press center on 06 December, 2023, the Patriotic Muslim Front (PMF) predicts that the Hajj package for 2023 is likely to be increased fromUS$5,000.00 dollars to US$7,500.00 due to Cedi depreciation and other prevailing factors, in effect Pilgrims shall be paying over GH¢100,000.00 due to the free fall of the Ghanaian Cedi, the analysis of the data shows

that the upwards adjustment of the package is largely influenced by prevailing exchange rates which in most cases Government subsidizes or intervenes for the Board to negotiate a favorable exchange rate for the hajj activities to help make the trip affordable.

 In as much as we oppose subsidy of Hajj pilgrimage, it is equally imperative for government to acknowledge the fact that pilgrims are helpless when it comes to monetary forex policies.

Patriotic Muslim Front. PMF. Is a coalition of young Muslim intellectuals, politicians and students whose sole purpose is the advancement of the course of Islam in the context of religious pluralism, the need for peace and security and above all else the signification of the Islam. PMF have been engaged in the references of religious co-existence the demand for accountability from Muslim leaders and encouraging Muslim youth to be ambassadors of righteousness.

BELOW IS THE FULL SATEMENT:

PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESS BY PATRIOTIC MUSLIM FRONT (PMF)

ON HOW EXCHANGE RATE AFFECT HAJJ FARES IN GHANA AT THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS

CENTER IN ACCRA ON 6TH DECEMBER 2022

Good morning, friends from the media, ladies and gentlemen, we are grateful you have been

able to make it to today’s press briefing. Today’s encounter is particularly important given the

nature of issues we are about to discuss and share with you.

These issues largely bother on Hajj pilgrimage. But ladies and gentlemen before we proceed

further into these issues, kindly indulge me to introduce to you Patriotic Muslim Front. PMF. Is a

coalition of young Muslim intellectuals, politicians and students whose sole purpose is the

advancement of the course of Islam in the context of religious pluralism, the need for peace and

security and above all else the signification of the Islam. PMF have been engaged in the

references of religious co-existence the demand for accountability from Muslim leaders and

encouraging Muslim youth to be ambassadors of righteousness.

Having said all this we have observed the manner in which Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) has been

organized in the last few years and the upwards adjustment of the fares which has generated a

lot of debate with the PMF calling for its reduction. Quite frankly, many Ghanaian Muslims

whose ambition of going to Hajj or sponsoring their love ones is being threatened by this

development. unfortunately, however, the value for money remains constant. Investigations by

PMF revealed that the fares primarily jerked up by prevailing factors including exchange rate but

for the first time in Nine years, the total package in 2022, went up by 100 percent from

GH¢19,500 to GH¢39,000. According to the Nine years data on hajj fares analyzed by PMF. “Cost

of exchange rate in Hajj.”

PMF analysis of official documents from Hajj Board showed that there were no significant

changes of the dollar components of the Hajj fares in six years. In 2013, for instance, the hajj fare package was US$3,450 which became GH¢6,800 at the exchange rate of GH¢2.01 to a dollar.

In 2014, the package was US$3,450, which translated into GH¢9,900 at the exchange rate of

GH¢3.00 to a dollar.

In 2015, the package remained unchanged at US$3,450, which became GH¢11,900.00 at the

exchange rate of GH¢4.07 to a dollar. In 2016, the package remained constant at US$3,450, which again translated into GH¢11,900, at  the exchange rate of GH¢3.9 to a dollar. Again, In 2017, the package was US$3,450, which became GH¢15,000 at the prevailing exchange rate of GH¢4.40 to a dollar.  In 2018, the package slightly rose to 3,500us dollars, translating into GH¢19,500 at the exchange

rate of GH¢5.30 to a dollar.

In 2019, the package remained US$3,500 which again translated into GH¢19,500 at the

prevailing exchange rate of GH¢5.38 to a dollar. Unfortunately, pilgrimage to Makkah in 2020

and 2021 was suspended due to COVID-19,  But for the first time in nine years, the Hajjj package in 2022, went up by 100 percent from  GH¢19,500 to GH¢39,500 which translated into US$5,000 despite the economic challenges,

pilgrims still pay higher than what they paid in 2019. This means that if the current prevailing

exchange rate of GH¢14.70 to a dollar remains constant in 2023. The package will shoot up by

over 100 percent. The cost of major components of Hajj package which includes air fare, Makkah

and Madina accommodations, transportation and United Agents fees have also been increased

slightly which automatically will affect the package for 2023.

PMF is reliable informed that the Hajj package for 2023 is likely to be increased from

US$5,000.00 dollars to US$7,500.00 due to Cedi depreciation and other prevailing factors

aforementioned ladies and gentlemen, in effect Pilgrims shall be paying over GH¢100,000.00

due to the free fall of the Ghanaian Cedi, friends from the media, the analysis of the data shows

that the upwards adjustment of the package is largely influenced by prevailing exchange rates

which in most cases Government subsidizes or intervenes for the Board to negotiate a favorable

exchange rate for the hajj activities to help make the trip affordable. ladies and gentlemen, in as

much as we oppose subsidy of Hajj pilgrimage, it is equally imperative for government to

acknowledge the fact that pilgrims are helpless when it come to monetary forex policies. Friends

from the media, if not for the exchange rate, Hajj fare would have been lower and affordable

like other jurisdiction. In the spirit of this argument, Muslim Umma through PMF is appealing to

government to arrest the dollar in other to make pilgrimage to Makkah 2023 affordable. we

would like to use this opportunity to recommend that 2023, Hajj package be announced ahead

of time in order to give more window for intending pilgrims to adequately prepare for payment.

PMF shall appraise on all developments on Hajj fares in coming days.

We thank you for coming.

May Allah bless us all !

…….signed…….

Mohammed Adam Haruna

Tel: 0244 118 241

BABU SHARHI

BAR AMSA

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