Gov’t gives ¢25m for national cathedral construction

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta
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The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance has authorized the release of ¢25million for the construction of the National Cathedral in Accra.

A letter dated 31st March and written to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) by the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta said “Authority is hereby granted to release the sum of 25million Ghana Cedis as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National Cathedral for part payment of the outstanding claim from RIBADE.”

Scores of Ghanaians have been donating to the construction of the cathedral.

For instance, the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu contributed GHC 50,000 to project.

He made the contribution on Thursday August 26, 2021.

Vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia called on faith-based organizations to voluntarily contribute funds to build the national cathedral.

Dr Bawumia expressed confidence that the building of the cathedral would uplift the glory of God.

He was speaking when he joined the Adabraka Official Town branch of the Presbyterian church of Ghana to celebrate the 30 years of ministry of the District Minister Rev. Kwadwo Owusu Sarpong in Accra on Sunday August 22, 2022.

“I want to make one point before I sit down. As you all know there are efforts to build a national cathedral. It is very important that we build the cathedral, it is a voluntary exercise, anyone who wants to contribute can contribute. I have contributed and I will contribute more so I encourage everybody to think about it and let us build it. It is not for anybody, it is for Ghana and for the glory of God”

Rev Ameyaw Ebenezer Saka, Head of the Church Relations with the National Cathedral project also appealed Ghanaians to support the project with their contrubutions.

Rev Saka told Dzifa Bampoh on the First Take on 3FM August 2 that the national cathedral is going to give the tourism sector in Ghana a facelift and also create jobs for Ghanaians.

“This is going to bring huge tourism in this country, a lot of people are going to get jobs and we will see tourism having a facelift,”

Asked how much had been budgeted for the entire project, he answered “On the onset before the Biblical Garden and the Bible Museum, it was pegged at a hundred million dollars, now that it has been added it will be a bit higher. I can’t tell you exactly but it will be a bit higher than the hundred million dollars.

“How much it has come in? Thank God we have gotten a seed amount from the state and also with the various fundraising we held in Accra in December 2018, in Washington in 2019 and also in Kumasi in January 2020, we have had a quiet amount of money.

“I think that about half of the hundred million.”

He added, “The requested voluntary contributions is very important because we want to have the ordinary Ghanaian to own this project, ordinary Christian to own this project so your contributions come in to help facilitate the project.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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