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People of integrity should constitute Hajj Board

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Chairman of the Eastern Regional Council of Muslim Chiefs, Chief Abu Adams, has appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to ensure that only people with integrity constitute the new Hajj Board.

Membership of the board, he said, should include representatives from the regions instead of being composed of only people in the Greater Accra Region.

That, he said, apart from ensuring fairness in the allocation of placement for the pilgrimage would also ensure that those allowed to go to Saudi Arabia would not be involved in any nasty incidents that would tarnish the image of Muslims and the country as a whole.

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The board, which is responsible for the organisation of the annual pilgrimage to the Saudi Kingdom, was dissolved last year.

Membership to the board is normally appointed by the President in consultation with the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharabutu.

Chief Abu Adams made the appeal after participating in prayers to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Koforidua.

He said it was unfortunate that the board had to be dissolved due to a number of reasons and indicated that its re-constitution must take into account factors that led to the dissolution and that only men of integrity must be selected to serve on the board.

With regard to the December 7 general elections, the traditional ruler said he was happy that it came off peacefully with the winner given the mantle to administer the state while the aggrieved  sought redress at the Supreme Court.

That, according to Chief Abu Adams, had demonstrated that Ghana had come of age in her democratic dispensation and had made her the beacon of democracy in Africa.

He expressed the hope that with good governance, the country’s human and vast natural resources would be properly harnessed to improve the lot of all.       

Chief Abu Adams suggested to the government to subsidise the cost of education at all levels in such a way that pupils and students of poor parentage would also be able to climb the academic ladder.

“Education as it is now is the preserve of the rich and many brilliant students are not able to continue with it and this should not be the case and the only way out is for the government to come out with subsidy”, Chief Abu Adams stated.

Story by A. Kofoya-Tetteh