By Maxwell Ofori .
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has demonstrated his unflinching desire to building a National Cathedral to “the glory of the Lord,” by soliciting financial support outside the country.
A ceremony was held in the United States to raise funds to construct the facility, which the President said would promote international pilgrimage and tourism.
The event, held over the weekend, was the second of its kind. The first fund-raising was done in Ghana and the second in the United States, all of which President Akufo-Addo attended.
Throughout his advocacy towards the building of the Cathedral, President Akufo-Addo has never minced words on how his government will raise funds to put up the edifice.
He has always maintained that the facility would be constructed by the private sector, thus the fund raising.
He has, on several occasions, admonished the Christian community, both home and abroad, to join in partnership to raise the needed resources to build the Cathedral.
Giving his remarks at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, where the event was held, President Akufo-Addo delved more into the need for the construction of the Cathedral.
With a solemn and passionate voice, President Akufo-Addo told the dignitaries at the fund raising event that: “I need your help to do so,” stating that, “the Cathedral will not just be another national monument adorning the skyline of Accra, it’ll be the running point for the Christian community to come together to worship, to pray and to promote the national conversations on the role of faith in building Ghana.”
The President also reiterated that building of the Cathedral is in fulfillment of the promise he made to God before winning the 2016 general elections, but foremost, the cathedral will be an act of thanksgiving to God “for His blessings, favour, grace and mercy over our nation,” he expatiated.
The above mentioned importance notwithstanding, the Cathedral, according to the President, will promote unity amongst Christians which will extend to the entire nation since majority of Ghanaians are Christians.
Giving some statistics, President Akufo-Addo observed that 71% of the Ghanaian people adhere to the Christian religion, grouped under the various persuasions of the Christian faith, adding that the interdenominational National Cathedral will help unify the Christian community and thereby promote national unity and social cohesion.
“It will be an iconic infrastructure for national, regional and international pilgrimage and tourism, “Akufo-Addo said.
The event was attended by guests, including the Archbishop Nicolas Duncan-Williams, Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, Most Rev. Bishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng, all members of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral.
Others are; GIPC boss, Mr. Yofi Grant; Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Pastor Paula White, Senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center among others.