Most Reverend Philip Naameh, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference at the National Catholic Secretariat, has stated that the National Cathedral project is a mistaken priority.
He believes that, given Ghana’s economic issues, a national cathedral project should not be undertaken at this time; yet, the spirit behind the idea is admirable.
“Naturally at this time, I will agree with you and many other critics that when you look at the economy and things that had to be destroyed in other that the cathedral may come on, we can say that it is definitely not a priority,” he told NewsWire.
“The whole thing started with the president who said he had a vision and he made a promise to God that if he was elected president, this is what he will do for God. And so everybody expected that he was going to look for the money and he has also promised that he was not going to use the taxpayers’ money for it. So these are facts that are on the table but I wouldn’t want to comment on them now” he said.
“But to say that at this present stage it is not a priority, that one I can say. We will prefer to be quiet until we receive the statutes which will contain the management and all that which we have requested for.” Archbishop Naameh added.
Some Ghanaians, particularly the Minority in Parliament, are concerned about the cathedral.
For example, North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa questioned the government’s decision to provide GH25 million for the project in the face of economic difficulties.
On March 5, 2020, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, flanked by top members of the clergy, lay the foundation stone for the Cathedral, signaling the commencement of construction.