Her clarification comes after some members of the public claimed that the event, which will take place from July 4 to July 10, 2022, was staged on purpose to raise funds for the construction of the US$350 million project.
According to her, the public's interpretation of the event is not entirely accurate, given that the board needed to launch an educational program to educate the public about the cathedral.
"We will never exhaust the conversation about money," Dr. Aryee said, "because we will continue to solicit funds until we complete the project, and even after that, we will continue to receive them to maintain the edifice." We don't want to be in a position where we have to solicit funds for its upkeep.
She was quick to add, however, that the program was designed to make church members understand that "we set aside the one week not solely for money collection, but that they will understand that when they are contributing their quota, they may give benevolently."
According to the board member who also serves as the Appiatse Support Fund Board Chairperson, the program will be held every year, "even after the project is completed, because, if for nothing else, a week must be set aside to pray for the management board, the government, and others."
The Celebration of National Cathedral Week
The one-week event included showing audiovisuals about the project in churches; prayer sessions; evening services; clean-up exercises; health walks; and tree planting; as well as mobilizing church funds to generate at least GH100 million monthly for the project.
Dr. Aryee stated in her submissions that the event was successful because many churches participated and will continue to do so because "it is about education."
"We had over 100 churches observe the program that week, and many more are joining the course, which is fantastic for cathedral week," she added.
Funding for the National Cathedral Project
The Cathedral accrued GH2.6 million in 2018, 3.6 million in 2019, 13.9 million in 2020, 7.7 million in 2021, and 3.6 million in the first half of 2022, according to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah.
As a result, he urged the general public, particularly Christians, to contribute their fair share to the development, noting that "there is no money lurking somewhere for the construction of the cathedral, so if churches do not support it, we cannot build it."
He emphasized the significance of contributing to the cathedral's construction, stating that the cathedral has the potential to draw people from all over the world to Ghana to experience God's spirituality.
"We appeal to church leaders in Ghana not to lose sight of the cathedral's purpose and to rise to the challenge without abandoning support for the project," he added.
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