Gov’t Releases GH¢25m For Construction Of National Cathedral
The government has agreed to release an amount of GH¢25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as an additional budget to allocate money for the construction of the National Cathedral.
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta signed a letter to the Controller and Accountant’s General and direct them to release the money to Ribade Limited as part of the payment of outstanding demand.
Also, the letter added, “Authority is hereby granted to you to release the sum [of] GH¢25, 000,000.00 as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National Cathedral for part payment of outstanding claims from RIBADE Limited.”
The National Cathedral project was aimed by the government in March 2017 as a physical embodiment of national unity, harmony, and spirituality.
However, the $350-million inter-denominational cathedral will have an auditorium capable of seating 5,000 people, as well as a church and a worship center.
It is hoped to be completed in March 2024.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been criticized for his decision to build the National Cathedral in the face of numerous challenges facing the country.
The President responded that the construction is in fulfillment of a promise he made to God in his 2016 election campaign.
Moreover, a businessman Jonathan Holm went to the Supreme Court to challenge the government’s decision to give out the land and other forms of support for the building of the cathedral.
The court, in February 2020, however, reject his injunction application seeking to stop the ongoing project works on the land to set aside the National Cathedral.