Religious Affairs Ministry Christian pilgrimage to Israel rescheduled

The first batch of the pilgrims was to leave over the weekend, July 15, but they will now embark on the trip on August 12, 2017.

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The government has rescheduled the Christian pilgrimage to Israel following some administrative challenges.

The first batch of the pilgrims was to leave over the weekend, July 15, but they will now embark on the trip on August 12, 2017.

The Deputy Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Paul Essien has told Accra-based Citi FM that the pilgrims are currently being screened ahead of the journey.

“We have not postponed the programme but it is the extension of the time in terms of the departure date. There was a little bit of administrative delays and other things that resulted in the delay in the departure time. As I speak with you, we are on the screening [of the pilgrims] and we will be done soon. The new date for us to depart from Ghana is on August 12, 2017,” he said.

READ ALSO: First batch of Christian pilgrims to leave for Israel on July 15

He explained that even though the government of Israel does not accept such huge number of pilgrims at a go, it has, however, approved the trip because the government of Ghana is facilitating it.

There are concerns from some Ghanaians that the government’s decision to sponsor Christian pilgrims is a misplaced priority.

READ ALSO: Stop wasting our money on pilgrimages

The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr Kwadwo Nimfour Opoku Onyinah had indicated that the funds for such sponsorship should be channelled into something profitable for the country.

But the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has, however, stressed that the government of Ghana is merely facilitating the trip for the pilgrims.

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