President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to the construction of the National Cathedral despite opposition from some quarters in the country.
According to him, the National Cathedral project was one that would rally not just the Christian Community together, but would unify the country as a whole and enhance social cohesion when completed.
Nana Akufo-Addo gave the assurance at a thanksgiving service to climax the three-day Christian Interdenominational Bible Reading Marathon, to celebrate the vision and laying of the foundation of the National Cathedral, in Accra, on Friday.
The event was to promote Christian unity among the various denominations in the country.
It commenced on Wednesday, December 28, and ended on Friday, December 30, 2022, at the construction site of the National Cathedral, in Accra.
Dubbed: “Come let us worship”, the event was characterised by systematic reading of the entire Bible by Christians of all denominations, key stakeholders, and patrons of the National Cathedral.
It also sought to reach out to African Diasporans to support the National Cathedral project.
President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that his decision to mobilise resources for the building of the cathedral remained unchanged.
He pointed out that apart from his personal pledge to God to build a temple to His honour, it was the grace of the Almighty God that spared Ghana from the conflicts, political upheavals and diseases that had ravaged its neighbours. Ghana has so far been spared civil war, famine, and epidemic.
“We are certainly not better than the other nations in our neighbourhood, who have been confronted with these challenges and I believe it is by the grace of God that we are being sustained,” the President said.
The building of the National Cathedral, Nana Akufo-Addo noted, would provide a historic opportunity to put God at the centre of the nation’s affairs and serve as a symbol of eternal and continuing gratitude to Him, for the favours that He continually bestows on the country.
He said “It will be an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty for his blessing, favour, grace and mercy on our nation.”
“The cathedral will not just be another monument adorning the skyline of Accra but will be the rallying point for the entire Christian community to come together and worship, to pray and to promote deep conversations on the role of faith in building mother Ghana.
“It will be a monument to religious liberty and its construction deserves the full support of the nation”.
According to the President, just as God prospered Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, “I am prayerful that He would prosper us and make us succeed in our endeavour.”
He said “I am therefore committed to working with the board of trustees to ensure the completion of this project to the Glory of God and the edification of our nation and all our people”.
Nana Akufo-Addo said he was confident that with the support of the Christian community home and abroad, the project would be completed.
He made a personal donation of GH¢100,000 towards the construction of the project.
The construction of the $450 million project is a partnership between the state, the Ghanaian Christian community, the African Diaspora, and Bible supporters globally.
BY TIMES REPORTER