The Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Tongu Constituency, the Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has questioned President Akufo-decision Addo’s to prioritize the construction of a National Cathedral when there are several pressing concerns facing the country’s population.
Friday, the North Tongu MP disclosed documents from the Office of the President revealing that in 2021 alone, President Akufo-Addo ordered an astounding GHS32 million in taxpayer cash to be paid to Sir David Adjaye & Associates Ltd for the National Cathedral project.
According to a Facebook post by an NDC legislator, 57 million Ghana cedis (GHS) have reportedly been spent on the project to date, and all of the funding has been conducted without the knowledge of Parliament.
The parliamentarian argued on the Key Points show on TV3 on Saturday, June 4, 2022, that the suffering of the populace, floods, and the non-payment of NABCO and NSS workers are more pressing issues that should be handled with public cash.
According to the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, the National Cathedral will be useless if President Akufo-Addo completes it as a personal promise to God and then people die of hunger and are murdered by floods.
“What purpose would the Cathedral serve if people perish from famine and floods? There are more important problems that the government must address. Our NSS and NASCO personnel are afflicted. This is what the government should prioritize, said Representative Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
Mr. Joe Jackson, Director of Operations at Dalex Finance, advocated on the same platform that the government suspend all expenditures for the National cathedral project.
He suggests that while cathedral construction can continue, private funds should be used.
The construction of the cathedral can proceed with private money, but the government should cease its participation due to more pressing matters. The temple of the Lord should be constructed by the Lord’s children, not by Caesar.
Mr. Joe Jackson stated, “They can proceed, and the board of trustees can do everything they can, but the funding at this time should not come from public funds.”S