Pres launches National Cathedral Fund Raising Campaign . Contributes GH¢10,000

The National Cathederal

The National Cathederal

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has launched the National Cathedral Fund Raising Campaign with a personal contribution of GH¢100,000.

The campaign is aimed at raising funds for the construction of the National Cathedral.

Speaking at the launch held on Friday, December 28 last year at the forecourt of the State House in Accra, President Akufo-Addo said the Cathedral would be more than a mere piece of infrastructure or national monument.

“It will provide us with an avenue to call the nation to prayer, to worship, to celebrate, and to mourn. It will house a Bible Museum, and will be an iconic infrastructure for national, regional and international pilgrimage and tourism. It will create jobs, and serve as a catalyst for technology and skills transfer into our country.

“The Cathedral will also provide a platform to promote deep national conversations on the role of faith in building the progressive and prosperous Ghana we all want”.

“I am convinced that out of these conversations would emerge the ideas and values that should help us build a new Ghanaian civilisation. This is the basis on which I identify it as a personal priority,” he said.

To ensure that the building of the National Cathedral was not a burden on the state, President Akufo-Addo said the Christian community, home and abroad, had been mobilised to raise the needed resources to build the Cathedral.

President Akufo-Addo said the Cathedral would serve as a gesture of thanksgiving to God for his blessings, favour, grace and mercies on the nation.

He said although he respected the views of those who differ with him on the matter of the construction of the Cathedral, he was comforted in his decision by the vast numbers of enthusiastic supporters of the project.

“Like the statement of the Prophet Nehemiah in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, it is Almighty God who will prosper us and make us succeed in this endeavour. I am confident of the support of the Ghanaian people for this coalition of churches, corporations and individuals in bringing this project into fruition,” he said.

In another development, former President Jerry John Rawlings says he supports the position of the Catholic Church on the construction of the National Cathedral.

A statement signed by the Head of the Communications at the Office of the former President, Kobina Andoh Amoakwa, said while former President Rawlings had a personal opinion on the matter, the position of the Catholic Church, of which he was a member, would be the position he would respect.

By Yaw Kyei


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