Sources close to president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has hinted BestNewsGH.com that the quest of the president for the construction of the National cathedral is premised on his desire to fulfil a covenant he entered into with God.
According the anonymous source, the president entered into the covenant with God in the lead up to the 2016 elections, promising that he will construct the national cathedral in God’s honour should God help him win the elections.
“My brother the slogan ‘the Battle is the Lord’s wasn’t just for fun. The president meant every word of it because he believed that it was only God who could help him and the party win the elections. It therefore became imperative for the then candidate Akufo Addo to enter into a covenant with his Maker. So let no one sit anywhere and think that this idea just came by chance. It is a deliberate and calculated plan aimed at fulfilling this covenant and to attract more blessings from above into the country” the source averred.
Deputy Information Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide recently during a radio discussion programme on Accra based Citi Fm confirmed that the idea of the National Cathedral was that of the president, adding that those opposed to the construction of the facility are in the minority.
According to him, Majority of Ghanaians are in support of the 5 thousand seater capacity facility which will serve various purposes in the calendar of the country’s Christendom.
There have been agitations from various groups in the country, particularly the opposition National Democratic Congress who believe the move is not prudent, especially when it has to do with the demolition of the residence of judges in the country. To them, even though the initiative is laudable, the location is problematic. They want government to relocate the facility to ensure that the residence of the judges which have been earmarked for demolition remain intact.
Their argument is that it was the tax payer’s money that was used in constructing the bungalows for the judges and that demolishing same will be tantamount to causing financial loss to the state.
A meeting between the president and the clergy to iron out the issues that have come up from various quarters recently, did not yield any results as it was agreed that a second meeting will convey a definite conclusion on the way forward for the project.
Internationally acclaimed Ghanaian Architect, Sir David Adjaye who designed the structure noted that he drew inspiration Christian symbolism and the country’s heritage, explaining that the facility will be a celebration of religion, culture and local traditions.
The National Cathedral when completed will serve as Ghana’s Mother Church, intermittently accommodating all faiths and denominations who would converge to worship God in one accord.