The National Cathedral project’s GH80 million budget allocation for 2023 has been resisted by the minority MPs.
In November, the Finance Ministry informed Parliament that 339 million has already been spent on the project’s construction.
In addition, the government included GH80 million for the project in its 2023 budget.
The MPs claim that by designating such a large sum of money for the cathedral’s construction, the government has shown insensitivity to Ghanaians and their current financial struggles.
Therefore, the MPs have decided to reject the allocation.
Such a sum shouldn’t have been given to the cathedral, says the speaker. We all know we are facing challenges, and everyone is facing agonizing suffering, thus I believe this decision was wise. People are having trouble meeting their basic requirements, Ho Central MP Benjamin Kpodo remarked on Monday in front of the legislature.
“As a rural MP, for instance, I can attest that even at this point in the harvest, when we are selling bags of corn for roughly 600 cedis, you cannot even convince people to buy in farming villages. Which reveals the dire circumstances facing Ghana’s citizens in the coming months,” said Dr. Hamza Adam, the Kumbungu MP.
Therefore, Asunafo South MP Eric Opoku remarked, “We were expecting that they will be ashamed to put in the budget such an amount for a project that is not our priority project.”
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, is the newest supporter of the project’s funding.
He requested that the controversial National Cathedral’s construction not be supported by the government in a 14-page paper.
He believes that given these conditions, the initiative is unnecessary and ineffective.
He suggested “suspension of funding of non-essential and wasteful projects like the National Cathedral” as a way to address the financial issues.
Additionally, a few country residents have voiced their displeasure at the cathedral’s building during this economic downturn.
“It is a complete waste of money, whether it came from Ghana or another source. due to the fact that certain hospital patients lack access to beds.
“There are kids who don’t have access to decent schools to go, yet you saved up the cash to go and build a cathedral.
We are in Ghana and are not mentioned in the Bible, therefore building a cathedral is a waste of money rather than bringing in any money.