Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Aremeyaw Shuaib, has suggested the construction of an interfaith structure for the two major religious bodies of the country rather than a National Cathedral which is tied to Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebrations.
His suggestions come at a time when debates about the necessity of the planned construction of a national cathedral for the country are rife.
According to him, whereas the national cathedral will only be of benefit to the Christians, an interfaith edifice, which will have a mosque and a church together will adequately serve the religious needs of the two dominant religious bodies.
Interacting with the media after a crucial breakfast meeting of religious leaders at the Jubilee House, Sheikh Shuaib said the government needed to provide clarity on the issue.
“Whatever edifice will be put up should serve both religions, not one…if it is in respect of our 60th Independence anniversary, is the independence for one section of the country or for the whole of the country?” he quizzed
Sheikh Aremeyaw said Ghana, which has now become a model of interfaith harmony and peace must do things to portray such status.
“ People are coming here to learn from us and we want to deepen that and I think that a project like this would have given it shape to make it even more permanent. I would have loved it that way” he said.
President Akufo-Addo on 6th March 2017, cut sod for the construction of the 5,000 seater capacity National Cathedral in line with the country’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
The project is expended to receive funding from the Christian community.
The cathedral will be used for all formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as state funerals, national thanksgiving services and presidential inaugurations.
The edifice will sit on an estimated 14-acre land and will have Chapels, music schools, a Bible Museum and an art gallery.
Story by: Alexander Kelvin Smith