NATIONAL CATHEDRAL: Clergy Rally Behind Project, Fund Raiser Short Code *979# Launched

Members of the community of Clergy men and women in the country, have rallied behind the vision of President Akufo-Addo and the National Cathedral Board of Trustees to build a National Cathedral to serve as a place of worship for the Christian community and also as a national monument.

In a clear show of support for the vision, several hundreds of eminent leaders of the Church and Para Church Organizations in the country, on the 25th of November 2020, gathered at the Alisa Hotel, Ridge, under the auspices of the National Cathedral Board of Trustees, for a meeting with the President, dubbed, "A Night with the President", to launch a funding raising short code, *979#, which is to be used as a digital platform to raise contributions from well meaning Ghanaians all over the world towards the construction of the world class facility at the heart of the capital city of the nation, Accra.

President Akufo-Addo in a brief remark before launching the short code together with Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, of the Christian Action Faith Ministries (Action Chapel), expressed deep appreciation to the Board of Trustees and the Clergy gathered for supporting what he said was "an original simple naive idea that he had of building a Cathedral as a place of worship for national occasions" which has now been "transformed to a truly religious tour de force".

"It's wonderful and it is great to be part of it. Whatever I can do to make it real, I am going to do it" President Akufo-Addo said.

"I am very grateful to all the men and women of God who have pioneered this enterprise and are making the project work, especially, the members of the Board of Trustees who have lead the enterprise with great enthusiasm and commitment" President Akufo-Addo further stated.

President Akufo-Addo described the idea of securing a fund raising Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), a Global System for Mobile Communications that is used to send and receive text messages as well as for engaging financial transactions, as a brilliant idea that deserves commendation.

*Replacement of Trustees Chairman*

On the death of Rev. Dr. Samuel Asante-Antwi, who was the Chairman of the National Cathedral Board of Trustees and a member of the Council of Elders of the ruling New Patriotic Party, until his passage, President Akufo-Addo indicated that in due course, he will meet with the board so they all can agree on who will replace him appropriately as the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

*Attacks are Inevitable*

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, a member of the Board of Trustees and Responsible for fundraising for the project in a short remark before assisting the President to launch the National Cathedral fund raising short code *979#, observed that just as the prophet Nehemiah in the Bible endured criticism and opposition in his quest to build a house for God, those who have decided to champion the course of building a National Cathedral in Ghana should be rest assured that they will suffer a lack of cooperation, misrepresentation and speculations as far as the project is concerned.

"I am saying this to the Trustees and to the dreamer of the dream [President Akufo-Addo] and to all that are here, hearing the sound of my voice, we must be brave, because there will be mockery and it is something we can't avoid" the Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams said.

*The Hand that Began It*

Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng, a Member of and Secretary to the National Cathedral Board of Trustees, making a case for the need to support the building of the National Cathedral said President Akufo-Addo's genuine heart and desire to build God a house, must motivate every Christian to support its construction. Quoting from the prophet Samuel in the scriptures who said "the hand that has began a good work, must finish it", Rev Kusi Boateng, indicated that if truly the Cathedral and its construction is starting tomorrow, then I think as a Church, if the first President amongst the five (5) has initiated this not because of himself, bringing the government into the Church because the Cathedral will be were governments will sworn in, prophetically, the President is making a strong statement to the Church".

"I think it will be unfair if we don't compensate the President for doing such a thing for the body of Christ. So I only came to tell the Church, let us compensate him because amongst them all, none did what he [President Akufo-Addo] did. Leaders of the Church, let go out there and tell them that the hand that has began the work must complete it" Rev. Kusi Boateng charged the gathering.