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Minister for Lands and Natural, Resources, Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor, has turned in 18 impounded containers of Rosewood to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, at a short ceremony on Friday, 17th September, 2021, in Accra for the construction of the Cathedral Project.
This follows the inspection and confiscation of the 5 containers of Rosewood by the Sector Minister, Hon. Jinapor at the Tema Port on Friday, 30th July 2021, where he disclosed the intent of government to donate all confiscated rosewood towards the construction of the National Cathedral.
He said that this act of donation was proof of the transparency in the management of the natural resources the President of the Republic promised and as appointees given the opportunity to assist the President in preserving and managing the natural resources, they will ensure that this transparencywas done with a high sense of integrity.
Adding that “we will go on to work to ensure the cartel and syndicate behind the harvesting and exportation of these rosewoods are dealt with to help protect our environment”
Hon. Samuel A. Jinapor also hinted that the government was putting in place measures to ensure that Ghana did not become a criminal transit point for Rosewood trade and exportation.
On his part, Hon. John kumah, a Deputy Minister of Finance who represented his Minister, Hon. Ken Ofori Atta, expressed his profound gratitude to the Lands Minister and the Forestry Commission for such a gracious offer towards the construction of the edifice.
He said this means the Ministry would no longer have to cough up funds to purchase wood for the project and used the opportunity to appeal to Ghanaians to support in kind and cash towards the completion of the National Cathedral.
The representatives from the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, Rev. Prof. Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso and Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee also added their voice in appreciation to the Ministry for this donation.
Rev. Frimpong Manso in his words of appreciation on behalf of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, solicited support for the cathedral by reiterating that the National Cathedral was not for the President, neither was it for the government but for Ghanaians and so they should celebrate this worthy cause.
Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee also expressed joy for this gesture saying ” Rosewood is seen as one of the most expensive wood in the world and so it is good that we are going to use this kind of wood for the house of God”
She also called on Ghanaians to donate generously as the President has suggested, a minimum of 100gh cedis a month.
She said if this was really followed through, they would have more than enough funds to complete the Cathedral and would not have to go into the coffers of the country for any more funds.
The vision of the President for the National Cathedral is for the edifice to provide a historic opportunity and to put God at the centre of our nation’s affairs and serves as a symbol of our eternal and continuous gratitude to Him, for the favours that He continues to shower and restore on our nation.