Hundreds of stranded Pilgrims at the Tamale Airport on Monday started moving by road to Accra in order to catch their flight.

The frustrated Pilgrims were expected to be airlifted over the weekend from Tamale to Accra for onward travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This year, government promised an incident-free Hajj and established a Hajj Village at the Tamale Airport to cater for pilgrims from the three Northern regions.

Arrangements were also made to airlift them to Accra on the day of their scheduled flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to Citi News from the Tamale Airport, Mohammed Bashiru whose mother was among the stranded pilgrims said: ?It was a nasty scene and as I speak a lot of people are stranded and they cannot tell exactly what their fate is and some of them have started moving to Accra by road; some of us have to pay extra GHC50 to transport our people to Accra.?

Bashiru described the situation as totally unacceptable saying, ?I must indicate there is a lot of despondency. People are completely disappointed by this kind of arrangement; it is just an unbearable situation and this kind of deception is totally unacceptable.?

The Chief Executive Officer of Ayana Hajj Agency, Alhaji Ayana Yakubu, confirmed the incident to Citi Newssaying, ?some people decided to take buses to Accra; some people went there without passports and the situation there is if you don?t have passport, they will not allow you to enter.?

?Some said they won?t allow them to remove some of the belongings at the airport and they decided to take buses to Accra, but now they say they will take care of that.?

Source: Citifmonline


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