Reverend Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a former general secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, has voiced worries over the National Cathedral project’s declining excitement.
He claims that there is much less passion for the project now that Rev. Eastwood Anaba and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams have resigned from the Board of Trustees supervising the construction of the National Cathedral.
Rev. Opuni-Frimpong disclosed in a Citi TV interview that the church will be leading and carrying out the project’s construction.
But in his opinion, the government’s involvement in the initiative has increased.
“I was in the Office as General Secretary at the very beginning of the National Cathedral. At the time, the former presiding bishop of the Methodist Church, Reverend Samuel Asante Antwi, was the chairman of the Board of the National Cathedral. He explained to us that we, the churches in Ghana, were going to build the Cathedral not the government. The government was only going to facilitate the process and provide seed money. We were happy about this idea.
We believed that this was our chance to unite as a Christian community in order to accomplish a common goal. But once Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa made a number of revelations, it was evident that the government was responsible for constructing the cathedral, he added.
According to Rev. Opuni-Frimpong, Ghanaian Christians’ feeling of pride and excitement for the project has decreased as a result of the government’s participation.
He pleaded with the government to let the churches lead the effort.
“My plea is that the government must allow the churches to build the Cathedral. We should not offer to God a Cathedral that cost us nothing,” Rev. Opuni-Frimpong added.
Resigning from the board of trustees were Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba due to worries that their request for an assessment of the National Cathedral project’s operations had not been fulfilled since January 2023.
They stated that their conscience and beliefs are being violated by the deafening silence surrounding the request for an audit.
However, the National Cathedral Secretariat vehemently refuted the assertion that they were not given any information about the audit process.