How I. C Quaye’s Negligence Causes Hajj Board 500,000 US Dollars Judgement Debt
The Ghana Hajj Board has been slapped with a whopping 500,000 US Dollars Judgement Debt.
This came to light in a viral video making round on social media purporting to have been the voice of the beneficiary of the Judgement Debt one Alhaji Sumai’la Wal-Giwa a businessman.
Alhaji Sumai’la in the viral video revealed that he paid an amount of 155,000 US Dollars to the Ghana Hajj Board bank account through one of the accredited Hajj Agent Al-Balad Travel and Tour during the time of Alhaji Alhassan Bene as the Ghana Hajj Board Chairman in 2009.
He added that the bank called him to verified if the cheque of 155,000 US Dollars was from him which he confirmed.
According to him, the money was payment for 50 prospective pilgrims to be processed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj in 2009.
He added that the Ghana Hajj Board under Alhaji Alhassan Bene failed to process and airlift the 50 prospective pilgrims to Hajj until he (Alhaji Bene) was replaced with Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tanko in 2013 who also failed to send the 50 prospective pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Alhaji Sumai’la Wal-Giwa further revealed that upon the change of government in 2017 a meeting was held at the Jubilee House between himself and his lawyers, Sheikh I.C Quaye and the then Deputy Chief of Staff Hon. Abu Jinaopor over the way forward on whether to refund the amount or airlift the 50 prospective pilgrims yielded no results.
He further revealed that after the meeting Sheikh I.C Quaye, pretended there had never been a meeting regarding the payment of the 155, 000 US Dollars.
This according to him compelled him to take a legal action against the Ghana Hajj Board which resulted in the Board having the judgement debt for the money to be paid to him with interest.
Alhaji Sumai’la Abass Wal-Giwa in the viral video, stated that Alhaji Farouk Hamza who is the director of finance and administration at the pilgrims affairs office of Ghana attempted to meet him after the award of the judgement debt by the Supreme Court to further deliberate on how the Board will solve the Issue amicably by airlifting the 50 prospective pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid paying the 500, 000, US Dollars judgement debt which he refused.
He stated emphatically that the former Hajj Board Chairman Hon. Abdul Rauf Tanko and the current Chairman Sheikh I.C Quaye were the cause of the mess that accumulated to the 500,000 judgement debt.
Responding to the issue on same Zuria Fm, the former Ghana Hajj Board Chairman, Hon. Abdul Rauf Tanko stated that there is no proof or letter that indicated that his predecessor took 155,000 US Dollars from Alhaji Sumai’la Abass Wal-Giwa for 50 prospective pilgrims to be airlifted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Hon. Abdul Rauf Tanko revealed that it was at a meeting between himself, Alhaji Alhassan Bene and one Alhaji Arif a former CEO of Ghana Petroleum Authority at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra that he was verbally inform about the debt.
This, he said did not pushed him to pay for the money as he may not be able to account for in the near future.
Meanwhile social media users have described the cause of the judgement debt as sheer negligence on the part of the current Hajj Board Chairman Sheikh I.C Quaye.