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Hajj Fares in Ghana from 2013 to 2016 in dollars denominations remained unchanged i.e USD 3,450.
However, due to local currency fluctuations in terms of exchange rates, with Ghc7,245 one could embark on the holy journey to Makkah to perform pilgrimage in 2013.
In 2014, Hajj fares in Ghana remained USD3,450. Again, local currency rates resulted in an increase in cedis terms. Ghanaians pilgrims needed to pay Ghc9,900 to enable them go to Makkah for the year 2014. Therefore, the increment from 2013 to 2014 in cedis terms was Ghc2,655.
In 2015, Hajj fares in Ghana remained USD3,450. Again, due to local currency issues, Ghanaians pilgrims needed to pay Ghc11,900 in order to take part in the 2015 pilgrimage under Ghana Hajj Board. So the increment from 2014 to 2015 in cedis terms was Ghc2,000.
In 2016, Hajj fares in Ghana remained unchanged USD 3,450. In cedis terms Ghanaians pilgrims needed Ghc11,900 in order to take part in the 2016 Hajj under Ghana Hajj Board. So there was no increment in cedis and dollar terms in 2016.
Post 2016 Hajj Fares
In 2017, Hajj fares in Ghana remained USD3,450. However, Ghanaian pilgrims needed to pay Ghc15,000 to enable them take part in the 2017 pilgrimage under the Ghana Hajj Board.
The increment from 2016 to 2017 in cedis terms was Ghc3,100. (The biggest jump in 5 years in Ghana).
In 2018, Hajj fares in Ghana remained USD3,450. However, due to local currency rates, Ghana Hajj Board initially wanted to charge pilgrims Ghc19,500 but strong protest and condemnation made Ghana Hajj Board to backtrack on it. Eventually, the 2017 local fares of Ghc15,000 was maintained.
In 2018, Hajj fares in Ghana is now USD3,500. So for the first time in 7 years, Hajj Fares in dollar terms has increased from USD3,450 to USD3,500.
In terms of the local currency, Ghanaian pilgrims need Ghc19,500 in 2019 in order to perform Hajj through the Ghana Hajj Board.
This in an increment of
Ghc4,500 (45, million old cedis).
Now, if we do simple mathematics, USD3,500 multiply by (Ghc5.30)=Ghc18,550. That’s if we are using the current exchange rate.
So it means, Ghanaians prospective Hajj pilgrims in 2019 are even going to pay more than the current exchange rate. Because the Ghana Hajj Board says, the cedis equivalent of USD3,500 should be Ghc19,500. This is higher than the current exchange rate of USD1=Ghc5.30.
So effectively, Ghanaian Muslim will pay an extra Gh950 (c9.5 million) outside the current exchange rate.
This sadly and regrettably is happening under a MUSLIM Vice President (Nana Akufo Addo-Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia).
NB: Throughout the 8 years of NDC from 2009 to 2016 (Mills-Mahama government), Ghana had the most efficient Hajj Operations as compared to 2001-2008 under Kuffuor-Aliu Mahama NPP government.
The Christian President (JM) facilitated for the Ghana hajj board to negotiate a favorable exchange rate for hajj activities under his watch. Which helped to maintain the cost of the trip below the open market exchange rate in the past.
The Muslim Vice President (Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia) has directed that full cost recovery rates be charged.
Make your own judgment.
Baba Musah (BM)