The Anglican Bishop of Kumasi, the Most Reverend Professor Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, has waded into the argument surrounding the building of the National Cathedral and has urged naysayers who have no idea about the purpose of the edifice to “shut up”.
He chastised those kicking against the laudable initiative.
He said he was baffled how people, including some Christians, were distorting the tenacity of the edifice, which when completed would be used for all religious and state gatherings.
In an interview after the first session of the 19th Synod at the St Cyprian's Cathedral in Kumasi at the weekend, Rev. Yinkah-Sarfo explained that the project was just being facilitated by the government but was being financed by religious bodies, individuals and philanthropists, and declared the spiritual and financial support of the Anglican Church towards the realisation of the edifice.
Touching on the double-track system under the government’s flagship free Senior High School (SHS), he said the government rather needed commendation for such a bold initiative, adding that “that is the solution now”.
The programme, he explained, would significantly increase enrolment and create an opportunity for the underprivileged in society in spite of all the challenges surrounding its early stage of implementation.
Prof. Yinkah-Sarfo, who doubles as the Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Internal Province of Ghana, used the opportunity to charge Christians to go back to the good old days where individuals, families and societies came together to generously support the growth of the church and built the capacities of its clergy.
Furthermore, he noted that even the church lacked a comprehensive pension package for the clergy after retirement from active service, and called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to support and give meaning to the welfare of spiritual leaders who dedicated their lives to the service of God and humanity.
This year’s synod was on the theme: “Celebrating 45 Years of Our Existence to the Glory of God: The Way Forward "(Deuteronomy 26:5)".
Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mrs Elizabeth Agyemang; Dr Kwame Addo Kuffour, Board Chairman of SSNIT, and the Board Chairman of Ghana Immigration Service, Dr Edward Prempeh.