The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has shed a gloomy light on government’s decision to swoop hundred Christians to Israel annually by revealing that the package does not include ticketing.
The inference is that interested Christians will have to carry their cross in the purchasing of their tickets. On paper, each head will foot an amount of $2,700.
This was made known by the PRO of the Ministry, Tally Asiedu in an interview with Odelia Ntiamoah on Sunny FM’s Christian Entertainment Review on Saturday.
According to him, the involvement of government in the exercise is to provide a technical assistance and facilitate the easiness of the stressful processes involved by opening discussions with the Israeli government.
He stressed that Christians making a pilgrimage to Israel is not something new. Hence, the trip is not absolutely free as purported but there is the need to ensure that the burden that comes with it is mitigated.
“The issue of Christian pilgrimage has been something that was already done. For government to come in this time round is to help deal with problems that has to do with passports, agents, welfare, and security”, he said.
He revealed that it was against these inconveniences that the Christian Council petitioned government to intervene.
When asked how much government is looking forward to spend to facilitate the move, Tally failed to quote a figure, albeit admitting that government will be providing a subsidy.
“There is no budget for anybody. They are going on their own. The subsidy means that government will be providing a technical support and to coordinate them”, he elucidated.
On the issue of fairness, he assured that there is an established committee comprising distinguished men of God who will see to achieving equity and all-inclusiveness.
“If you have a passport and you belong to an established church, you can join if the number they are looking for is not up to”, he directed.
The minster for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi in a press conference disclosed that government has made arrangements to airlift 100 Christians to Israel beginning on July 15, 2017.
This initiative by government has sparked a barrage of criticisms from the general public. President of IMANI GHANA, Franklin Cudjoe believes that the move is needless since there are entities already facilitating these trips.