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How Akufo-Addo intends to fund the National Cathedral

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has disclosed how President Akufo-Addo intends to fund the construction of a National Cathedral without placing undue financial burdens on the state coffers.

Mr Ofori-Atta reading the 2019 Budget and Economic Policy in Parliament today, Thursday, 15 November 2018, said Akufo-Addo has proposed a partnership between the State and the Ghanaian Christian community both at home and in the Diaspora which will raise funds for the controversial project.

He said the formal launch of the national fundraising campaign has been slated for December 28, 2018, in Ghana, and February 2019 in the United States.

He said: “National Cathedral: Mr. Speaker, on March 6, 2017 – the 60th year of our independence – the President cut the sod for the construction of a National Christian Cathedral for the country that will provide the space for national events of a religious nature. A National monument, the Cathedral will house impressive chapels and baptistery, 5000-seat main auditorium, expandable to 15000 people for national events and celebrations. It will include among others, a grand central hall, a music school, and will house Africa’s first-ever Bible Museum and documentation centre, The National Cathedral project will also bequeath to the country a gracious national park for all Ghanaians; bring new skills, technology and jobs to the country; and will act as a beacon to national, regional and international tourists. Mr Speaker, the state is facilitating this process by providing the land, the Secretariat, and seed money for the preparatory phase.

“Mr. Speaker, the President is determined that the building of the National Cathedral would not put undue financial burdens on the state. He has therefore proposed a partnership between the State and the Ghanaian Christian community both at home and in the Diaspora. The formal launch of this national fundraising campaign is slated for December 28, 2018 in Ghana, and February 2019 in the United States. This National Cathedral partnership framework operationalizes, and indeed is a practical expression, of the social partnership envisaged to foster participatory development of country as our collective goal”.

On March 6, 2017, President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of a National Cathedral to be sited close to the State House in Accra.

He described the Cathedral as an inter-denominational Worship project in thanksgiving gesture to God for the blessings He has bestowed on the country on the occasion of its 60th anniversary.

That ceremony had in attendance the heads of various Christian denominations in the country including the Accra Metropolitan Archbishop, the Most Rev. Charles Palmer-Buckle, and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams of the Action Chapel.

The architecture of the national Cathedral was designed by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, the founder and principal of Adjaye Associates.

“I have sought to craft a building that not only understands its landscape but one that will be unique to Accra and the Ghanaian Nation,” Sir Adjaye said in a statement

“The new structure, inspired by the concepts of unity, harmony, and spirituality, will sit on 14 acres of gardens near the Osu Cemetery in Accra, and it will be a gathering place for people of all faiths”.

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