President Nana Addo Dankwa-Addo has stated that his government is focused on building a national cathedral as indicated despite criticisms.
On 6th March this year, the President unveiled the design for a National Cathedral which is set to be built to serve as a place of worship for Ghanaians.
The decision by President Akufo-Addo to build a National Cathedral has been greeted with criticisms from the public, with many believing that a cathedral is not what Ghana needs at the moment.
President Akufo-Addo noted while speaking at the climax of the 125th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra that the cathedral would be built despite the criticisms.
“And through Christ who strengthens us, the National Cathedral will be built to the glory and honour of God. Amen!” the President said while taking inspiration from the Scriptures.
He indicated that although the Constitution of Ghana states that the country is a secular republic, majority of the citizens are Christians.
“However, the overwhelming majority of our citizenry is of the firm view that God is the directing agency of our affairs.
“As Government, our sacred duty to God, and to man, is to help build in Ghana a society founded on the values of equity and fairness, and an economy that will bring progress and prosperity to our people, and lift them out of poverty.”
President Akufo-Addo thanked the Catholic Church for its contribution to the country’s development.
“Let me express my gratitude to the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra, and, indeed, the Catholic Church of Ghana, for the many years of service and dedication to Accra and to Mother Ghana.
“As you celebrate 125 years of the Catholic Mission in Accra, and as you renew your commitment to evangelism, I urge members of this Church to remember always the last earthly directive our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ gave to us.
He also called on the Church to continue to support Government towards building a better Ghana through its policy initiatives.
“…I will ask you to pray for Ghana, for me, and the men and women of my team, so that God will grant us compassion, courage, strength and wisdom to administer the affairs of this nation to the benefit of the Ghanaian people and the glory of God.”
He further reiterated Government’s commitment towards building “a self-reliant Ghana, which will look to the proper use of her own resources in providing a dignified standard of living for her people.”
By Irene Amesimeku| 3news.com| Ghana