Prez Commissions West Africa’s second-largest Mosque
On Friday, 16th July 2021, I commissioned the National Mosque of Ghana Complex for the Muslim Ummah of our nation.
The Complex contains a grand mosque which is the second largest in West Africa, an office complex for the National Chief Imam, a clinic fitted with laboratories and a pharmacy, a library and a morgue.
Speaking at the commissioning President Akufo-Addo said even though Ghana is a Christian majority state, the country has maintained a high level of respect for religious beliefs and choices among the citizenry and same must be jealously guarded.
He said: “The minaret of this mosque is very visible from many parts of Accra. For me, it is not just the beauty it added to Accra’s skyline that excites me necessarily, I am even more excited by the fact that as a Christian majority country, a symbol of Islam can beautifully adorn our landscape and demonstrate the beauty of religious harmony we enjoy in Ghana and which continues to be the envy of the rest of the world,” he said.
“National Chief Imam, I just urge you to use the occasion of this ceremony to foster even further, the unity of the Muslim Ummah in Ghana and by extension, the unity of the Ghanaian people,” Akufo-Addo added.
The Ghana National Mosque Complex is a gift from Turkish philanthropists to the Ghanaian Muslim Ummah.
The entire facility encompasses the Grand National Mosque, a recreational centre and a modern library, conference and seminar halls, senior high school, dormitory, health centre (women clinic), guestrooms and dining hall, office complexes for both the Project Developer (National Chief Imam) and the Project Managers (HUDAI, GANADER ,DIYANET).
The National Mosque was built between 1995 and 2020 with the help of the President of the Directorate for Religious Affairs of Turkey (DIYANET), Ghana friendship and Solidarity Association (GANADER), Human Development Association International (HUDAI) and Office of The National Chief Imam of Ghana. The symbolic monument is expected to nurture hundreds and thousands of believers’ resident in Ghana and beyond.