By Adiza Bawa
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has asked those opposing the National Cathedral project to be measured in their criticisms.
He said, ”the government is mindful of taxpayers’ money being used to support the building of the Cathedral and is strategizing to ensure that money pumped into the construction are recouped within the shortest possible time after construction.”
For him, the current economic challenges should not deter the State from fulfilling ”its responsibility to build a monument that has huge investment potential”.
Government is under pressure to abort its ambition for the National Cathedral project, given the country’s economic downturn. This follows the revelation that the government recently released GHC25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as additional seed money for the project.
Speaking on GBC’s Current Affairs program, ”Talking Point”, Mr. Ofori Atta asserted that the ”raging debate on the financial prudence and relevance of the National Cathedral is misguided”.
The Finance Minister disclosed that the National Cathedral Project would be completed in March 2024, barring any unforeseen challenges.