Policy analyst Bright Simons commented on the construction of the National Cathedral.
The state-of-the-art project fulfills a promise President Akufo-Addo said he made to God before he won the 2016 election.
The cathedral, when completed, is expected to bring new dynamism to the tourism industry, according to the board secretary in charge of the national cathedral, Victor Kusi Boateng.
However, Mr Simons finds it strange that none of the existing cathedrals in Ghana attract enough tourists to the country, hence the need for a national cathedral.
He took to Twitter to voice his opinion.
“Ghana has 40 traditional cathedrals. 24 owned by Catholics. 11 by the Anglicans. And the rest by Methodists. It also has at least 124 cathedral-scale Christian worship centers. However, for some strange reason, none of them attract enough tourists, so a new one is coming,” he tweeted.
Ghana has 40 traditional cathedrals. 24 owned by Catholics. 11 by the Anglicans. And the rest by Methodists. It also has at least 124 cathedral-scale Christian worship centers. However, for some strange reason, none of them attract enough tourists, so a new one is coming. pic.twitter.com/GmmOPjfLgh
— Bright Simons (@BBSimons) June 4, 2022
Meanwhile, the government through the Ministry of Finance has granted the release of GH¢25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as additional start-up capital for the construction of the National Cathedral.
The money was to be credited to RIBADE Limited for partial payment of outstanding debts, according to a letter signed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to the Comptroller and Accountant General.
But Minority reacted upon seeing this letter. At a press briefing, minority foreign affairs spokesman Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the letter surprised them, especially since there was no allocation of money to the cathedral in the 2022 budget.
According to him, the letter exposes the “insincerity, duplicity and deceit” of the government, especially since the president has said on numerous occasions that it is clear that the national cathedral project was a personal commitment. . »
He said it is important for the finance minister to provide answers on how much taxpayers’ money was used to support the construction of the National Cathedral, hence the need for him to appear before Parliament .
Reacting to this, Dr Kumah said there was nothing illegal in the letter signed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to release GH¢25 million as seed money for construction of the National Cathedral.
This, he explained, is because “the government has already been transparent and accountable to the people of Ghana on every occasion that this national cathedral has appeared. The government has declared its seriousness about this project and that it remains a priority for the government and that we are committed to building and we will do so in partnership with the private sector.
He accused the minority in Parliament of crying wolf where there is none over the release of seed money for the National Cathedral project.
speaking on Joy FM Top Story On Thursday, Dr Kumah said that Minority’s “misinterpretation and spin on it [National Cathedral] it creates problems.
About the National Cathedral
The state-of-the-art project fulfills a promise President Akufo-Addo revealed he made to God before he won the 2016 election.
As part of efforts to redeem its pledge, the government demolished the judges’ houses located on the proposed site for the construction of the project at Ridge in Accra.
As a national monument, the cathedral would house chapels and a baptistery, a main auditorium with a capacity of 5,000, expandable to 20,000 people for national events and celebrations.
It would include, among other things, a large central hall, a music school and house the very first Bible museum, Bible garden and documentation center in Africa.
The project would also bequeath the country a graceful national park for all Ghanaians, bring new skills, technologies and jobs to the country, and serve as a beacon for domestic, regional and international tourists.
Its cost is estimated at US$200 million, of which the government is providing 10% as start-up capital and land provision, while the rest will be provided by the Church and Ghanaians.