On Tuesday 19th December 2017, Sarcon Quarry Limited, (quarry materials company), led journalists and some government members to a site at Gomoa-Ojobi in the Central Region where it had made a stunning discovery of a huge granite stone with a design of a cross and three lines of ropes. The stone was discovered by Mr El Aridi Choaki Youssef, the Quarry Operations Manager off the Kasoa-Winneba road in November 2017.
The black and white granite stone, with the brown and red cross colour, releases fragrance when water is poured on it. Catherine Abelema Afeku, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, during an inspection of the stone on that Tuesday, said the ministry would deploy technical experts, including an archaeologist and a geologist, to examine the formation of this site for further study and action. According to Mrs Afeku, the ministry would prepare a suitable site to place the stone and decorate it for tourists, hoping that with the discovery of this miracle, Ghanaians and foreigners could go on a pilgrimage at the site and pray. Furthermore, Mrs Afeku commented, she was of the belief that God’s hand was in the discovery of the cross in Ghana, adding that Ghana was a blessed country.
“If the stone is well kept, it will generate a lot of tourists’ activities for the country. It is exciting, knowing that people who want to go to Calvary to pray can come here to pray; wherever two or more people are gathered, God is there with them. I am also excited that this is happening at the time that we are celebrating the birth of Christ, and we are grateful that the discoverer did not destroy it,” she added.
Mr Youssef, who discovered the granite stone, explained that he discovered it during a process of breaking the rock with machines. He clarified that a greater force pushed him when he was processing the chippings to where the granite stone was. Although the machine was used for the cutting of the rock, he said the particular stone would not break and therefore, had to use his manpower to remove the stones from the area. “I don’t much know much about Christ,” Mr Youssef said. But I believe that the discovery of the granite stone with the cross was a miracle. I do not have much knowledge about the Christian religion, but what I can say to Ghana and the world at large is that we need to wake up again to know exactly where we are going and this is a good sign for Ghana.”
Author: Damilola Bolaji
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