The Chief Executive Officer of the National Cathedral Project, Paul Opoku-Mensah, has revealed the project was halted to enable the secretariat to work on retooling the fundraising module for the construction.
According to him, the project ran out of funds because the initial voluntary fundraising module was not sustainable and hence they have completely recalibrated their approach.
“…We have brought in a professional fund-raiser, and then we are saying that we also needed to develop a robust technology platform for our fundraising … our model must be built on mass mobilisation and what we are advocating for is a million people giving us GHC100,” he said in an interview on Asaase Radio.
“But also integrate a donor management system,…the platform we had was just for contribution, but there was no way of engaging you, so we have now engaged a local technology firm, which is now developing that robust platform.”
A fundraiser on that scale would raise Ghc 100million cedis for the embattled project.
Work on the controversial National Cathedral project was recently brought to a halt after it was revealed it had run out of funds.
Paul Opoku-Mensah confirmed that state of affairs but said they intend to barrel ahead under the new fundraising module.
“We have actually stalled the work to say let’s begin to rethink the fundraising because the fundraising was located within a voluntary framework. So what we have done is to provide a dedicated personal infrastructure,” he said.
Despite its funding challenges, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the Cathedral would be built by hook or crook.
“But for the Cathedral, we will build it at all cost, and when we are done building it I will say everything else that I have to say about it,” the president said while paying homage to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the project, Apostle Opoku Onyinah.
“I know things are difficult recently but I am very confident that everything will be corrected for things to be better. When I came to power our economy was in a bad shape. But we were able to fix it through diligence and hard work and it is the same way that we will face the current challenge with such diligence and most importantly knowing the battle is for the Lord, we will get through this phase and restore Ghana to its good place,” he said.