“The Pilgrims Affairs Office (PAOG), Ghana, regret to announce the repatriation of some 39 female pilgrims from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” citifmonline.com quoted a statement from the Pilgrims office as saying.
Those repatriated comprised nine minors and 30 others.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia requires that an adult male relative accompany all ladies who are less than 40 years old.
The Pilgrims office statement, however, said PAOG is working with immigration officers and the Saudi Ambassador to Ghana to rectify the problem as soon as possible.
The country launched maiden direct flight for Ghana’s Muslim Hajj pilgrims from the Tamale International Airport to Saudi Arabia earlier this month.
The new arrangement to fly the pilgrims direct from Tamale to Jedda forms part of efforts by the government to reduce the stress that pilgrims go through before embarking on the holy Pilgrimage to Mecca.
According to the Hajj committee, more than 5,000 pilgrims are expected to be flown to the holy city this year by August 31. Enditem
Source: Xinhua/News Ghana