The Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Ade Coker, has described the decision to construct a national cathedral as a misplaced priority.
There has been a huge public outcry over the government’s decision to facilitate the building a national cathedral.
[contextly_sidebar id=”kGsTf8Rkd8trzzsIxJdXNxXEQ42do71Y”]Government has indicated that the entire cost of the project, as well as the temporary accommodation for the affected persons, would be taken care of by private institutions and individuals.
But speaking on Citi TV’s Breakfast Daily, Mr. Ade Coker emphasized that the focus should rather be on renovating other public facilities to serve the same purpose.
“If we want something and we have got some money, we need to improve the statehouse and expand it because most of our state functions are done in those places and that is why there is enough space there for us to expand it. I mean we have got our priorities wrong,” he said.
But Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, a Member of Parliament for Assin South of New Patriotic Party [NPP] has fired back at critics of the National Cathedral project describing their arguments as misguided and infantile.
“It is extremely infantile and misguided for any individual or group to think that improved and cohesive relations between the Government and religious leaders are deemed interference in religious matters,” he stated.
The Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana (COMOG) has chastised government over the project saying it constitutes an interference in religious matters in a secular state like Ghana.
“The coalition would like to express serious concern about the increasing involvement of the Government of Ghana in religious matters and its implication for national unity and cohesion…Just as the Government of Ghana has not been involved in the construction of religious edifices for Muslims, Traditionalists, Hindus etc, it should not be involved in the efforts by Christians to build themselves a cathedral,” COMOG stated.
By: Farida Yusif/citinewsroom.com/Ghana