- President Akufo-Addo says building a National Cathedral is one of his government's topmost priorities
- The president said the edifice was going to be an iconic centre for thanksgiving and to worship God for His mercies
President Akufo-Addo has described the building of a National Cathedral as “a priority among priorities” in defence of the controversial project.
A year ago, government revealed plans to construct a National Cathedral to serve as a national non-denominational Christian worship center.
However, the decision has been widely criticised by a section of Ghanaians who believe it’s a misplaced priority.
There were also concerns raised after it emerged that some 14 judges have to be evacuated from their homes to make way for the construction of the cathedral.
President Akufo-Addo has, however, defended his administration’s decision to go ahead with the project despite the criticisms.
Speaking an investment forum in London, he explained that the National Cathedral will serve as a national symbol for all Ghanaians.
To this end, the President described the construction of the National Cathedral as “a priority among priorities”.
“People will ask if it (national cathedral) is a priority. It is a priority among priorities. We’ll never find enough money to do everything we want to do. But we have to begin, and that’s what we have started,” Nana Addo remarked.
“70 percent of the population is Christian. This is the focus that strengthens the community. We find ourselves in need of a symbol that the Ghanaian nation can rally behind. We see elsewhere in the huge world monuments, and we are going to find the means to sort it out,” he added.
Corroborating the President’s account, founder of the Danquah Institute, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, said there is no turning back now, adding that the construction of the National Cathedral is a “great idea.”
“The Cathedral is a great idea. The location is perfect. The means of funding, not with public funds, is refreshing. The Cathedral must be built. The judges will be housed and even more recently,” the NPP bigwig stated.
The Christian community is set to fund the project, while government will provide the land required for its construction.
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