The National Cathedral Board of Trustees climaxed a Worship and Thanksgiving Service on the 2nd January 2023 at the National Cathedral Site, the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, Her Excellency Rebecca Akufo-Addo, and other readers representing various Heads of Government Institutions were present for the function.
During the Service, there were musical performances and Interludes. His Grace Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Vice Chairman of the National Cathedral delivered the exhortation and also a Status Report by the Executive Director of the National Cathedral Secretariat, Dr. Paul Opoku Mensah.
Dr. Paul Opoku Mensah in his report, he stated that the National Cathedral is likely to be completed before the President leaves office. “We are at a stage where we are very confident that God is helping us to quickly raise the needed funds, we will be able to complete this project in time for you to bequeath it to the Ghanaian people before you leave office.” he said. He appreciated the President for his consistent support of the project.
Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee, a member of the Board of Trustees who was the MC for the occasion introduced the President, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his speech.
In his address, the President stated that the National Cathedral is an act of Thanksgiving to God for his grace and mercies. He said, “Since gaining our freedom and independence from the British colonial power on 6th March 1957, Ghana has so far been spared civil war, famine, and epidemics. We’re certainly no better than the other nations in our neighborhood who have been confronted with these challenges. But I believe that it is by the Grace of God that we have been preserved.” He also indicated that the Interdenominational National Cathedral will largely help unify the Christian community and thereby help promote national unity and social cohesion.
After the service, the President was taken to a viewing point to see the extent of the work so far done on the National Cathedral of Ghana Project.