The controversy surrounding the construction of the National Cathedral in Ghana continues to take centre stage, with Happy 98.9 FM’s “Epa Hoa Daben” co-host, Reynolds Agyeman, expressing discontent over the project’s progress and its popularity among Ghanaians.
Reynolds Agyeman did not mince his words criticizing President Akufo-Addo for what he called an “unpopular decision” in pushing forward with the National Cathedral project.
He questioned the delays in completing the cathedral, expressing concern about whether it would be completed before the upcoming elections. He also raised issues about the allocation of resources, stating that the project’s unfinished status could be a misuse of the country’s funds.
“The national cathedral is the legacy President Nana wants to leave after his term as president. So we were expecting the completion sooner but unfortunately, it’s not so,” Agyeman remarked during the show. “If this project is not completed before next year, are we sure that the next leader will complete it ? Please complete the National Cathedral as it is your promise to God. Don’t leave office without completion of the cathedral.”
In response to these criticisms, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has suggested a reevaluation of discussions surrounding the National Cathedral’s construction, highlighting its potential to drive economic growth.
Speaking at the Ghana Tourism Investment Summit 2023, Mr Ofori-Atta emphasized the strategic investment nature of the cathedral, proposing it as a key attraction for Christian pilgrims across Africa.
“The edifice was a strategic investment to boost the nation’s tourism sector,” Ofori-Atta explained at the summit. He projected the cathedral to become a pilgrimage destination, attracting millions of Christians and generating substantial economic benefits for Ghana. Ofori-Atta estimated that visitors could spend an average of $3,000 each, contributing to the nation’s economic growth.
He further suggested that the government should carefully consider the cathedral’s potential contribution to Ghana’s economic development.