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The Head of Religious Affairs Unit at the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Richard Obeng Boafo, has said government is not sponsoring anybody for a pilgrimage to Israel.

He says rather, the government wants pilgrims to pay for their own fares and accommodation.

Mr. Obeng Boafo was speaking with Alfred Ocansey on TV3’s Ghana Tonight Wednesday, August 23, 2023, when he made the remark.

“For now, we are not sponsoring anybody,” he said.

He added “we want the pilgrims to pay for their fares and accommodation, it will not cost the government any money.”

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has issued an internal circular, announcing the 2023 Christian Pilgrimage to Israel.

In the statement, the ministry said that the dates for the pilgrimage, which will be in three parts, will be from September 22, through to November 30, 2023.

“I have the honour to inform members of staff that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has resumed its Christian Pilgrimage Programme to Israel. The provisional dates for the 2023 Pilgrimage are as follows:

“First Pilgrimage: 22nd-30th September, 2023 (Deadline for submission of registration forms 31st August, 2023); Second Pilgrimage: 21st-29th October, 2023 (Deadline for submission of forms 22nd September 2023); and Third Pilgrimage: 22nd-30th November, 2023 (Deadline for submission of forms 20th October, 2023),” it stated.

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