According to the National Catholic Secretariat’s President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, the National Cathedral project is given the wrong priority.
He thinks that a national cathedral project shouldn’t be started right now in light of Ghana’s economic problems, but the notion itself 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.
Concerns regarding the cathedral are held by some Ghanaians, especially the Minority in Parliament.
For instance, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa of North Tongu questioned the government’s choice to allocate GH25 million for the project in the midst of financial challenges.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo laid the Cathedral’s foundation stone on March 5, 2020, accompanied by prominent members of the clergy, marking the official start of construction.