The Board of Trustees for the National Cathedral of Ghana has revealed that the fundraising exercise has so far ggenerated GH¢31.75 million since 2018.
The Board further disclsoed that out of the amount, churches in the country donated a total of GH¢2.21 million.
This was disclosed vby the Chairman of the Board Prof. Opoku Onyinah at a press briefing and launch of a mass fundraising strategy, dubbed: ‘The National Cathedral Week’, on Wednesday.
“The result of the fundraising so far does not meet the demands of the cash flow for the construction. Thus, we have reached a very critical stage where our fundraising efforts have to be scaled up.
“Overall, the central thrust of our fundraising during the National Cathedral Week is mass mobilisation. And our expectation is to raise one million Ghanaian Christians who will commit to giving at least GH¢100 a month to the National Cathedral Project. With a Christian population of over 20 million in the country, that is doable,” he said.
He urged churches in the country to support the mass mobilisation strategy by encouraging their members to register for the 100-cedis club.
“We believe that with the integration of the Bible Museum and Biblical Gardens now complete, and the stalling of the construction, the urgency is established.
“We want to appeal to leaders of the church in the country not to forget this purpose of the National Cathedral Project, as we seek to answer some of the critical questions being asked,” he said.
“We need to focus on the mission of God. The Lord would like us to stand up to the challenge. We must not run away; we must not let it appear that the President has made a mistake by promising to put up a building to the glory of God,” he added.
He assured Ghanaians that the Board will address all the issues that have been raised.
“We consider the issues that have framed the issues on the National Cathedral very seriously, and that is why we asked the Executive Director to respond, which he did on June 17, 2022,” he said.
“And so we will appeal that issues of clarification be directed to the secretariat. There are other issues that have been raised and which the government, in particular the Office of President, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Attorney-General, will address,” the chairman said.
Hr expressed gratitude to teh President for the initiative and support towards the construction of the Cathedral.
“First, we are grateful to the President and the state for doing their part by the appointment of the architect, providing the land and its preparation, setting up the secretariat and providing some seed money,” he said.
The National Cathedral Week is slated for July 4 to 10, 2022.