Chief Imam gives GHS50, 000 for the construction of the National Cathedral
The National Chief, Imam Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, on Thursday, 26 August 2021, made a contribution of GHS50, 000 for the construction of the National Cathedral.
The cathedral is President Nana Akufo-Addo’s promise to God after he was elected President in the 2016 election.
The national chief imam made the donation when the board of trustees for the National Cathedral project paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Accra.
The spokesperson for the Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaibu in a Citi News interview said the gesture was to further deepen the peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims in the country.
According to him, the donation by the Chief Imam is to demonstrate the mutual cooperation that exists between Ghanaians of all religious faith.
“As Ghanaians, we are all practitioners of a different faith, and we are able to sit around the same table and have an opportunity to discuss things and whatever comes by way of disagreement to really work and maintain our harmony, and we should not do anything to disturb our relationship. In fact, he said we should not use politics to disturb our relationship, and that we should keep politics aside and rather, as practitioners of different faiths, let’s all get united and see what we can do in the interest of our country.”
“He also said we should be mindful of that fact that God has given us peace at the time when nations around us have been plunged into conflict, and he said it is in the spirit of solidarity and mutual cooperation that he donated the GHS50,000 as a token contribution towards the construction of the National Cathedral.”
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, Apostle Opoku Onyinah, who was pleased with the contribution, called on Ghanaians to emulate the gesture.
We are extremely grateful to the Chief Imam for the contribution and also to those who haven’t understood the concept to exercise patience and follow the advice of the National Chief Imam that we should not begin to accuse one another and that religion should bring us together and should not divide us.
The Finance Minister announced in parliament that Ghanaians should voluntarily make a donation of GHS100 towards the project which is expected to be constructed at a cost of $200 million.
Meanwhile, vice-president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said he has also contributed towards the construction of the cathedral and he will contribute more as the project progresses.
Speaking at the Adabraka Official Town branch of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on Sunday, 22 August 2021, Vice-president Bawumia underscored the importance of the Cathedral, and urged all to help build it “for Ghana and for the glory of God.”
“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; anybody who wants to contribute can contribute. I have contributed, and I will contribute some more”.
“So, I encourage everybody to think about it and let’s build it. It is not for anybody. It is for Ghana and for the glory of God,” he emphasized.
A voluntary, national contribution for the construction of the cathedral would further cement Ghana’s standing as a religiously diverse country living at peace with itself”.
“Ghana is Africa’s second most peaceful country, with adherents of many religions living and working together to build the nation”.
“The construction of the cathedral would add further to our enviable record of peaceful co-existence,” he stated.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, accompanied by senior members of the Clergy, laid the foundation stone for the Cathedral on March 5, 2020, to signal the start of construction. A National Cathedral Secretariat has since been set up to raise funds from individuals and the private sector for its construction, while work continues apace.
The cathedral will house a series of impressive chapels, a baptistery, a 5000-seat two-level auditorium, a grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal, art gallery, shop, and multi-use spaces.
It will also be home to Africa’s first Bible Museum and Documentation Centre, dedicated to Christianity and nation-building in Ghana.
A new ceremonial route and landscape will be linking the Cathedral site to Ghana’s prominent, celebratory landmarks – Independence Square, Osu Cemetery, the State House, and Africa Unity Circle.
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