Whatsup News uncovers the massive extent of destruction of state properties to make way for the controversial National Cathedral.
The stated of utter destruction has seen government offices previously used as the passport office, the Judiciary training school and several bungalows belonging to Appeals Court Judges have been totally flattened for more than US$ 100 million cathedral.
Whatsup News has gathered that the apostles of the National Cathedral are currently facing difficulties raising the necessary financing for the contentious project through the private fundraising campaign started a year ago, forcing proponents to organise a monthly prayer session to help the venture.
Champions of the Cathedral idea are calling the prayer project, the “National Cathedral Prayer Meeting.” It is to be held on the last Sunday of every month at the project site for the Cathedral.
According to a digital flier that has been copied to Whatsup News, the prayers will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm on the last Sunday of every month.
The chosen theme for the prayers is culled from Psalm 127:1 – “Except the Lord Builds the House.”
It is highly expected that the prayer sessions will also be used as an opportunity to solicit for offerings as a way of raising funding for the project after many people that had originally been targeted for donations may have apparently shelved their pledges following massive public backlash.
The government in its 2019 budget disclosed it will provide an undisclosed amount as seed capital for the contentious project. It is unclear if these funds have been released as the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is set to finalise the budget for 2020.
Meanwhile, it appears the front of the Cathedral advocates has been split because on the digital flier advertising the prayer meetings, the name of the chief advocate of the project, Arch Bishop Nicolas Duncan Williams, is visibly missing.
The popular Arch Bishop, who led the first fundraising effort in Accra and was originally supposed to be the Chairman of the fundraising committee has his place apparently taken by Rev. Ebenezer Saka Ameyaw and Bishop Edmund Aryee.
Duncan Williams’ absence on the promotional flier has since been fuelling rife suspicion within the public domain that he has possibly been side-lined.
Even as the drama plays out, the Ridge area is a scene of total obliteration prime real estate belonging to the state. Among the buildings affected in the demolition and located on the Modibo Keita Close of the Castle Road, is the Residence of the Malian Ambassador to Ghana.