The National Cathedral Secretariat has received a donation from President Akufo-Addo of GHC100,000.
The President reaffirmed his commitment to erecting the cathedral while speaking at the continuing Bible reading marathon at the construction site, emphasizing that it is not just a promise but also an expression of gratitude for God’s mercies and kindness shown to the nation.
“The reasons for my decision to mobilise support for the construction of the National Cathedral remain unchanged. At least 71% of the Ghanaian people adhere to the Christian religion, grouped under the various persuasions of the Christian faith,” he said.
“The interdenominational national cathedral will help unify the Christian community, and thereby help promote national unity and social cohesion,” he noted.
With the help of all Ghanaians, President Akufo-Addo declared that he is resolved to fulfill his promise to God.
It won’t just be another national landmark; rather, it will serve as a focal place for the whole Christian community to gather, worship, and engage in meaningful dialogue about how Christianity contributes to the development of Ghana, the speaker stated.
The National Cathedral Secretariat’s executive director, who was present at the ceremony, countered that the claim that they are unable to account for all of the funds provided to them by the government is inaccurate.
According to Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, as of December 2022, the government has contributed a total of GH339 million toward the building of the National Cathedral project.
“The Ghanaian government has contributed a total of GH339 million to the project.
The sum consists of the following: GH$225 million is paid immediately to the secretariat, while GH$113 million is paid directly to Adjaye Associates, the consultant.
Total of the two payments is Gh339m.
There are no missing money that cannot be accounted for, according to Dr. Opoku-Mensah.
On December 15, 2022, the Secretariat sent the Parliament a complete accounting for this money.