General News of Thursday, 16 March 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has inaugurated a 13-member Board of Trustees who will be in charge of the National Cathedral when it is completed.
The Board, largely constituted by heads of various church groups, has also been tasked to oversee the successful completion of the national chapel.
“It is an extremely solemn occasion for me because this is something that I have thought about sometime [and] I am hoping that if God is kind to me this will see the light of the day while I am a tenant,” the President said Thursday at a brief ceremony at the Flagstaff House.
The board members include;
(a) Most Reverend Asante Antwi – Chairman
(b) Archbishop Charles Plamer Buckle – Vice Chairman
(c) Prophet Kusi Boateng – Secretary to the Board
The rest are, Apostle Opoku Onyinah, Rev. Joyce Agree, Moderator, Presbyterian Church, Cephas Amenyo, Right. Rev. Offei Akrofi, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Rev. Eastwood Anaba, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Rev Dr. Frimpong Manso and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Professor. Emmanuel Martey.
President Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the start of construction of the National Cathedral on March 6, hours before he headed to the Black Star Square for Ghana’s 60th independence anniversary ceremony.
The project is one of the many legacy projects of the country’s 60th Anniversary Committee.
Sections of Ghanaians have questioned the relevance of a national cathedral at a time when the President has said the economy is in bad shape.
But the President said the national worship center would be an interdenominational church hosting “state occasions such as state service, funerals, and burials.”
He said it will also be available for private activities, but the “central focus is the national significance.”
Board Chairman, Rt. Rev. Asante Antwi, thanked the President for his visionary works, indicating their readiness to deliver the project in the coming years.
He assured President Akufo-Addo they will get to work immediately to see to the successful completion of the project.