Gov’t considering building national shrine after cathedral

Gov’t considering building national shrine after cathedral
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 20-11-2019 Time: 07:11:11:pm
Samuel Kofi Dzamesi says construction of a shrine is a step in the right direction since Christian and Islamic faiths in the country will have a national cathedral and mosque respectively.

The Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has announced government has the intention to build a national shrine for traditional leaders.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Mr. Dzamesi disclosed that some traditional groups have petitioned his Ministry for the construction of a national shrine which he said is being considered by the government.

He was of the view that the construction of a shrine is a step in the right direction since Christian and Islamic faiths in the country will have a national cathedral and mosque respectively.

“Since I took office, as I said, we have a national mosque and now we are in the process of building a national cathedral. And few times, some traditional groupings have also approached me. There was a group of Wulomɛi [Ga Traditional Priests] who also approached me and actually asked for a traditional shrine,” he’s quoted by GraphicOnline.

“I think that since the constitution allows freedom of worship, we will study it very well and see how possible that will also be. We are not ruling out traditional shrines,” he added.

Mr Dzamesi further added plans are underway to establish a charity commission to evaluate and audit the humanitarian actives of churches in the country.

Explaining, he said “what we intend doing is to set up what we call a charity commission whereby all churches will be registered so that at the end of the year, the commission will see to the work of the churches and see how they have used their resources for the betterment of their people. So a charity commission is the option and not taxes.”

He also said the Ministry was ready to present the national policy on religion to the government.