Let’s play a game. If you ask 100 Ghanaians to list their five topmost priorities in the country, how many of them do you believe, in this current climate, would list construction of a national cathedral amongst their top ten uses of taxpayer money?
If this issue was not raised by government no one would even be thinking about it, and yet here we are, our official budget statement for the year makes provision for the National Cathedral Ghanaians were explicitly told would not involve taxpayer money.
The finance minister Ken Ofori Atta, whilst reading the budget statement on Thursday, told Parliament that government has set aside some ‘seed money’, plus the land and Secretariat to facilitate the process.
Thus it was clearly a lie that taxpayer money would not be involved in the construction of the Cathedral, and whilst people are dying in ill equipped hospitals and poorly constructed roads, our government is only interested in wasting taxpayer money to build a Cathedral literally nobody asked for.
That’s why Ghana is a failed state.
Read below the portion of the budget dealing with the useless National Cathedral.
“National Cathedral: Mr. Speaker, on March 6, 2017 – the 60th year of our independence – the President cut the sod for the construction of a National Christian Cathedral for the country that will provide the space for national events of a religious nature. A National monument, the Cathedral will house impressive chapels and baptistery, 5000-seat main auditorium, expandable to 15000 people for national events and celebrations. It will include among others, a grand central hall, a music school, and will house Africa’s first-ever Bible Museum and documentation centre, The National Cathedral project will also bequeath to the country a gracious national park for all Ghanaians; bring new skills, technology and jobs to the country; and will act as a beacon to national, regional and international tourists. Mr Speaker, the state is facilitating this process by providing the land, the Secretariat, and seed money for the preparatory phase.
“Mr. Speaker, the President is determined that the building of the National Cathedral would not put undue financial burdens on the state. He has therefore proposed a partnership between the State and the Ghanaian Christian community both at home and in the Diaspora. The formal launch of this national fundraising campaign is slated for December 28, 2018 in Ghana, and February 2019 in the United States. This National Cathedral partnership framework operationalizes, and indeed is a practical expression, of the social partnership envisaged to foster participatory development of country as our collective goal”.