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National Cathedral is my gov't's top priority - Akufo Addo

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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President Akufo-Addo has staged a spirited defence of his administration’s decision to construct a national cathedral in the capital, Accra.

Speaking in London, the president said the construction of such an edifice must be regarded as a significant symbol of the ordinary Ghanaian’s life.

The government has announced plans to construct a National Cathedral to serve as a national non-denominational Christian worship center for Ghana.

The government is to provide 14-acres of public land for the project while the Christian community is to fund the construction of the project.

Many Ghanaians are discontent with the government's decision with some describing it as a waste of public lands and national resources while others have accused the government of misplaced priorities.
Some judges are to evicted from their homes to pave the way for the construction.

But speaking on the matter for the first at an investment forum in London, President Akufo Addo insisted that the cathedral is a priority for the government.

“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.”

President Akufo-Addo further mentioned that the cathedral when built would serve as a symbolic monument that will unify the citizenry in a Christ-like manner.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Some Ghanaians have expressed the need for the Akufo-Addo-led government to consider other infrastructural development projects in Ghana rather than the National Cathedral.

This came to light when PrimeNewsGhana sought the views of some Ghanaians on government's decision to construct the National Cathedral that will serve as a worship centre for all Christians in the event of national programs. 

Many, including religious leaders and civil society groups, have called on the government to reconsider its priorities as they believe there are other pressing needs to channel the country's limited resources into.

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