President Akufo-Addo has said in times of crisis and difficulties, people tend to pay attention to their faith hence his decision to build the National Cathedral as a symbol of faith.
President Akufo-Addo was speaking in Accra at the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), where he said all over the world people are turning to their faith, hence a project like the National Cathedral will be something Ghanaian Christians can look up to in difficulties.
The president noted that if one were to consider only developmental needs, there would never be a good time to build a Church, a Cathedral, or any of the great buildings of faith around the world in France, Italy, and the United States.
In an address yesterday, the President told critics of the National Cathedral project that he will go ahead with the project no matter the cost involved or how long it will take because there can be no better time to build it.
“My personal view has always been that even though the Cathedral will be very much a national institution, the cost should be largely borne by the Christian community, with the state providing the land and initial funding to get the project off the ground.” He said.
“It will serve as a collective thanksgiving to the Almighty for the blessings He has bestowed on Ghana sparing the nation of ravages of civil war that have bedeviled the histories of virtually all neighbors, and the outbreak of mass epidemics.
“Looking through the history of all the great cathedrals of the world, there has never been what can be called an appropriate time to build a cathedral. Invariably, it has taken many years, sometimes centuries, to complete,” the President added.