Despite the many criticism from the opposite side on the building of the National Cathedral, a fundraising event has been held in the United States Of America amidst to support the initiative achieve its aim.
The event, which was held at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC 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; GIPC boss, Mr. Yofi Grant; Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Pastor Paula White, Senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center among others.
President Akufo-Addo at the ceremony said the Cathedral will be point for the Christian community to come together to worship, to pray and to promote deep national conversations on the role of faith in building Ghana.
According to him, the project was a pledge he made to God before winning the 2016 presidential elections and called on all Ghanaians to be supportive of the it.
The President said the edifice was going to be an iconic centre for thanksgiving and to worship God for His mercies.
He called for all to find space to support the construction of the project.
The building complex, with a 5,000 seating capacity auditorium, will also house a Bible Museum, baptistery, prayer room, among other facilities.
“It will be an iconic infrastructure for national, regional and international pilgrimage and tourism. That is why we are trying to mobilise the Christian community, home and abroad, to join in partnership to raise the needed resources to build the Cathedral,” Akufo-Addo said.
He added that the edifice would be a celebration of religion, culture and local traditions.
It would be the nation’s ceremonial landmark conceived as a physical embodiment of unity, harmony and spirituality.
A brochure at the fundraiser said the National Cathedral, on completion, will among other purposes serve as venue for formal station occasions of a religious nature, such as the Inauguration of Presidents, State Funerals and National Thanksgiving services.
On completion, the Cathedral would become Ghana’s Mother Church, where all faiths and denominations could gather and worship in spiritual accord.
It would be a place of inspiration, reflection and common devotion, a place to celebrate Ghanaian authentic culture and traditions.
A new ceremonial route and landscape would link it to historic landmarks in Accra.
President Nana Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the National Cathedral for on March 6, 2017, as part of events that marked Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebration.
Plans for the building is designed by Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye .