His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced the start of the construction of the National Cathedral on the eve of the nation’s 63rd independence anniversary after unveiling the iconic design of the project in 2018.
According to him, the interdenominational National Cathedral, which will house a bible museum, a mausoleum, and a restaurant, will not just be another national monument adorning the skyline of Accra but will serve as a national, regional and international pilgrimage and tourism for the nation.
Speaking at a fundraising campaign event in Kumasi on Thursday night, President Akufo-Addo said the cathedral would also be the rally point for the Christian community to come together to worship, pray and promote big national conversations on the role of faith in building the country.
“That is why we are trying to mobilize the Christian community to join us in partnership to raise the needed resources to build the cathedral,” he said.
He indicated that just as God prospered the prophet Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, he was praying that God would make Ghanaians prosper and make the nation succeed in this endeavor.
The President believed the National Cathedral, when completed, would help unify the Christian community and thereby help promote national unity and social cohesion since statistics showed that 71 percent of Ghanaians adhere to the Christian religion grouped under various persuasions of the Christian faith.
“There are some people who still ask some questions about why a national cathedral? I will give three reasons: … since gaining our freedom and independence from the British colonial power nearly 63 years ago in 1957, Ghana has been spared civil war, famine, and epidemics,” he explained.
According to him, Ghanaians are certainly no better than the other nations who have been confronted with these challenges, saying “but I believe it is by the grace of God that we have been preserved and sustained, and that the construction of the cathedral will be an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty for His blessings, favor, grace, and mercy on our nation.”