Leaders and people of the Shai traditional area have hailed the siting of a multi-million dollar complex - Harvest City, in their community as a major recognition of their strategic geographic location, positive investment climate and most especially their tourism potential.
The over 100million dollar Harvest City Project - will consist of social, spiritual and recreational facilities including hospital, bank, church halls, educational facilities, state of the art auditorium for conferences and a host of others. Harvest Chapel International of Harvest International Ministries, owners and developers of Harvest City, have acquired 17acres of Shai lands for the project and construction work is estimated to complete in 7 years.
Shai Hills prides itself in an outstanding geographic landscape, the country's popular monkey sanctuary and a few other historical monuments often the attraction of many domestic and foreign tourists. The climate in the region is also noted as suitable for recreational retreats and for its famous mango cultivation.
Welcoming the project at a grand sod cutting ceremony at Shai Hills, the Memberof Parliament of the area, Shai Osu-Doku, Hon David Asumeng was highly optimistic that the project will spell a new dawn for the area with the great potential of job creation for the youth in the community and appealed to the church to use the expertise of the professionals in the area. He was excited at the church's foresight to invest in the spiritual and social development of the youth and charged other religious organizations to follow such exemplary path.
Amongst the huge gathering were leadership and congregants of Harvest Chapel International, renowned men of God including Dr. Anthony Cudjoe, Rev. Emmanuel Ansah, Rev. Ogbamey Tetteh, Rev. Nii Amposah, Prophet Dokosi and traditional rulers of the area including the acting President of the Shai traditional council, Nene Nornor Sodje V and the District Chief Executive, Hon Emmanuel Odoi Lartey.
Rev Fitzgerald Odonkor, the General Overseer of the Church, said the project was to bring light and development to communities around Shai Hills and the entire Ghana. He described the project as in keeping with the divine mandate to serve the community and the entire nation not only with the word of God but also to meet the social needs of the people.
"We are mandated to demonstrate the love of God through deeds and preaching of the Gospel as that is the only way that the unbelievers will experience the love of God We must go beyond talking about the manifestation of the powers of God" Rev. Odonkor said.
The guest of honor who also performed the sod cutting, Rev Dr Gordon Kisseih, General Oversea of Miracle Life International Church, said the project served as the destiny of members of Harvest Chapel and charged congregants to support the project till completion. He assured them that the God, who gave the ministry the vision to put up the ultra-modern complex, would provide the resources to finish the project
Harvest City Project, is a green project which would preserve the ecology of the area and enhance it including investing in a bio digester for its sewerage management.
Nene Sodje pledged the chiefs commitment in keeping the peace for the investment to be profitable not only to the church but also the indigenes of the land.
Trees were also planted to seal of the ground breaking exercise. With this out of the way, construction begins immediately starting with the youth hostel phase to host Harvest Youth Camp Meeting 2014.