We haven’t received $25m from ‘gay community’ for National Cathedral – Secretariat

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The Secretariat of the National Cathedral of Ghana has refuted reports it has received a donation of $25 million from the gay community in Ghana.

The Secretariat urged the public to disregard the report.

“The Secretariat of the National Cathedral has not received any such donation from the so-called “Gay Community in Ghana.” This news item, which does not provide the date, nor the recipient, of the said donation, is a concoction of the fictitious author,” a statement said.

The said report, published online by ‘news7pm.com‘ was titled “GOOD NEWS: Gay Community to finance Ghana’s National Cathedral”.

The donation was said to have come from the Gay community in Ghana, through their counterparts, the UK LGBT Association.

Though the Secretariat said it welcomes donations from “the willing”, it added that it “does not have room for interests, groups, and individuals whose motivation to give to the Cathedral will be to draw attention to themselves and their issues.”

“Rather, the coalition will be united only in their support of the President’s vision of the National Cathedral as a national gesture of thanksgiving, and a sacred national infrastructure,” the statement added.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the National Cathedral for on March 6, 2017, as part of events that marked Ghana’s 60th-anniversary celebration.

Though the government has provided seed money for its construction, it has said it expects donations to fund the Cathedral.

The National Cathedral Council of Trustees had a fundraising gala were a seat cost $1,000 on December 28, 2017.

President Akuf0-Addo pledged GHc100,000 to the donation of the cathedral.

Find below the statement

REJOINDER: “Gay Community to finance Ghana’s National Cathedral”

The attention of the Secretariat of the National Cathedral of Ghana has been drawn to a news item making the rounds on some social media outlets about the donation of $25m from the “Gay community in Ghana” to the National Cathedral.

The news item, titled “GOOD NEWS: Gay Community to finance Ghana’s National Cathedral”, reports that “the Gay community in Ghana, through their counterparts UK LGBT Association, has donated $25million to support the construction of the National Cathedral of Ghana”.

The Secretariat of the National Cathedral wishes to state, unequivocally, that this news item is false.

The Secretariat of the National Cathedral has NOT received any such donation from the so-called “Gay Community in Ghana.” This news item, which does not provide the date, nor the recipient, of the said donation, is a concoction of the fictitious author.

In launching the Fundraising Campaign for the National Cathedral, the President called for a “coalition of the willing” that will arise and build the Cathedral to the glory of God.

This coalition does NOT have room for interests, groups, and individuals whose motivation to give to the Cathedral will be to draw attention to themselves and their issues. Rather, the coalition will be united only in their support of the President’s vision of the National Cathedral as a national gesture of thanksgiving, and a sacred national infrastructure.

We urge the general public to disregard this false publication, and treat it with the contempt it deserves.

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah

Executive Director
National Cathedral Secretariat

By: Delali Adogla-Bessa | citinewsroom.com | Ghana

 

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