Ashanti Council of Churches supports National Cathedral project

The Kumasi Council of Christian Churches, which comprises churches and para-church organisations in the Ashanti Region, has thrown its weight behind the construction of the National Cathedral, and resolved to do everything it would take to complete the project.

They maintained that “as leaders of the churches in Kumasi, we strongly affirm our commitment to the National Cathedral project, and believe in the vision of the National Cathedral, its purpose for the nation, and also believe in its spiritual and economic benefits, and are committed to ensuring that it is completed to the Glory of God.”

Most Rev. Prof Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, former Archbishop of the Anglican Diocese in Kumasi, at a press conference organised by the Council yesterday to brief journalists on the position of the Council of Churches in the region on the National Cathedral project at the Power Chapel Worldwide Headquarters in Kumasi, lamented that the irony of the saga was that “the Muslims are supporting it, and it is rather people who call themselves Christians who are in the fore-front kicking against it.”

Archbishop Yinkah Sarfo said the National Cathedral, which would also house a Bible Museum and Biblical Gardens, would not only be a blessing to Christians in Ghana, but also to others in the entire world, emphasising that it “has the potential of drawing the world to Ghana to experience God and spirituality.”

He said he was gratified by the assurance and insistence of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, that there was nothing fishy about the monetary affairs, and that they could not betray the trust the nation, through the President, had reposed in them.

The National Cathedral project, he said, celebrated the Christian presence and contributions in the country, and, therefore, the support of the church in Ghana was critical to its legitimacy and success, and stressed that the project had got to a critical stage where Christians in the country needed to come on board.

The Kumasi Council of Christian Churches, according to him, believed the fundraising strategies outlined by the Trustees, including mass mobilisation, church mobilisation, private sector strategy and international fundraising provide an adequate framework to mobilise enough resources for the completion of the project.

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Cathedral project, disclosed that the Board had realised a total of GH¢32 million from donations so far, which was below expectations, and appealed to Christians and corporate Ghana to donate and support the project.

The Member Secretary to the Cathedral Board of Trustees, Prophet Victor Kusi Boateng, denied rumors that members of the Board of Trustees were resigning. “There is not a single Board Member that has resigned.

No Cathedral Board member has resigned, and will resign. The only member that has resigned was about three years ago on personal grounds.”

From Thomas Agbenyegah Adzey, Kumasi


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