Stiffen those prices even more!
Exhorbitant yearly increase of hajj fares worrisome
We have noted with grave concern and disbelief the quantum jump of the recently announced Hajj fare for the 2014 pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Hajj pilgrimage is the fifth pillar of Islam, a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the means. It is therefore very central to the Islamic faith. However, the exorbitant increases in the cost for successive Hajj over the years is denying thousands of Ghanaian Muslims the opportunity to honour this pillar of faith.
For instance, in 2011, the Hajj fare was around 47million old cedis, it upsurged to 52million old cedi in 2012,signifying a 9% increment. In 2013, it climbed up to 68million representing a 23.5% increment. Again, just lastweek, the National Hajj committee announced that, it has pegged the 2014 Hajj fare at US $3450, equivalent to a 100million old cedis showing an increase of approximately 32%. It is clear from these statistics that the Hajj fare has increased by more than a 100% within a period of just four years. We are afraid that if this trend continues unabated, the average Ghanaian pilgrim will have to pay through his nose to be able to perform Hajj in the next five years