The Executive Director of the National Cathedral of Ghana, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, has debunked claims that the National Cathedral has been registered as a private entity.
Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah in a statement clarified that the facility is a non-profit organisation owned by the state.
“Since the sole member is a government agency, the National Cathedral of Ghana is a State-owned non-profit-making organisation. Any income generated and income and property acquired by the National Cathedral are thus required to be reinvested and used for promoting its non-profit activities.”
The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, had indicated that some documents in his possession had shown that the Cathedral had been registered in the name of a private individual.
However, Mr. Mensah rejected the assertion, explaining that the project was registered as a limited guarantee company with its sponsoring agency as the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, based on the Attorney General’s advice.
This implies that any income and property acquired by the National Cathedral will be required to be reinvested and used for promoting its non-profit activities.
“The National Cathedral of is a State-owned company limited by guarantee since its sole corporate member is the Ghana Museums Board. The incorporation of the National Cathedral of Ghana, as a private company owned by the State, with the Museum and Monument’s Board as its sole corporate member, reflect and affirm the National Cathedral’s character as a National Monument, and hence a public project,” the statement said.
The National Cathedral project, which was proposed by the government in March 2017, will have an auditorium capable of seating 5,000 people, as well as chapels, and a baptistery.
It is targeted to be completed in March 2024.