- President Akufo-Addo has announced that the construction of the national cathedral will start in March
- He gave three reasons why the construction must happen with nothing hindering it
- The president mentioned that Ghana has been spared war, famine, and epidemics, and so building the cathedral was apt
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President Akufo-Addo has announced the construction of the proposed national cathedral which is to start in March.
He said the construction will start on the eve of Ghana’s 63rd independence celebration.
This is contained in reports sighted by YEN.com.gh on social media.
According to the president, there are three solid reasons for the cathedral to be built, and these cannot be glossed over.
He mentioned these three things as a civil war, famine, and epidemics – all of which Ghana has been spared since gaining independence some 63 years ago.
“There are some people who still ask some questions about why a national cathedral? I will give three reasons: … since gaining our freedom and independence from the British colonial power nearly 63 years ago in 1957, Ghana has been spared civil war, famine, and epidemics,” Akufo-Addo said with emphasis.
He added that Ghanaians are no better than citizens of any country, and so, building the cathedral to thank God was in the right direction.
“I believe it is by the grace of God that we have been preserved and sustained, and that the construction of the cathedral will be an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty for His blessings, favor, grace, and mercy on our nation,” Akufo-Addo said.
He was reportedly speaking at a fund-raising event in Kumasi on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Telling the details of the construction, the president said the national cathedral would have a bible museum, a mausoleum, a restaurant, and others.
He added that the edifice will also serve as a tourist site for Ghana, while still serving national, regional and international pilgrimage purposes.
Meanwhile, Ghanaians kicked against the idea of the national cathedral saying it is an issue of misplaced priority.
There was a massive controversy when beautiful and expensive apartments of judges had to be demolished to pave way for the construction, leaving Ghanaians very angry.
Many argued that a different site could have been used in order to save Ghana some financial loss.
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