The first batch of 500 out of 1500 Muslim Pilgrims performing this year's Hajj from the three regions of the north would be flown directly from the Tamale Airport to Jedda, Saudi Arabia on Friday, August 19, 2016.
The Northern Regional Commander of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI), Mr Eric Afari disclosed this in an interview with Graphic Online in Tamale Tuesday morning.
He said a total of 1,500 pilgrims from the three regions of the north are expected to participate in this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia.
ACI Afari said the first batch made up 500 will depart from the Tamale Airport on Friday, August 19. 2016, followed by another 500 on August 20, 2016 and the third batch of another 500 will also leave on August 21, 2016.
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Mr Afari stated that in view of this latest development, the Northern Regional Command of the GIS has trained some of its personnel with the aim of sharpening their professional competencies and skills in processing passengers for boarding.
A Hajj village has been created at the Tamale Jubilee Park to accommodate the Pilgrims prior to departure.