President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasised that the planned National Cathedral will be built no matter the cost to the nation.
The President made his re-commitment to the project during a speech delivered at the thanksgiving service held in honour of Opanyin Samuel Kwame Siaw Agyepong, the father of the Executive Chairman of Jospong Group on Sunday, September 11th 2022.
Nana Akufo-Addo said there was no obstacle that will stop the Cathedral project, insisting that “we will build it at all cost,”
The President said: “But for the Cathedral, we will build it at all cost, and when we are done building it I will say everything else that I have to say about it,” the president said while paying homage to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the project, Apostle Opoku Onyinah who was present during the service.
“I know things are difficult recently but I am very confident that everything will be corrected for things to be better. When I came to power our economy was in a bad shape. But we were able to fix it through diligence and hard work and it is the same way that we will face the current challenge with such diligence and most importantly knowing the battle is for the Lord, we will get through this phase and restore Ghana to its good place,” he said.
The President added that our current challenges are not unique to Ghana hence we must all endeavour to bear with the government as they work to restore the economic stability they achieved during their first few years in office.
“We should all endeavour to strengthen our unity as a people and understand that the current economic challenge is not limited to Ghana alone but the entire world. But we should also know that if we come together and face it we will get through it. Why? Because the battle we are fighting is for no man but the for the almighty God,” the president added.
Government Spent Almost GHC 143m On National Cathedral In 2021
Amidst the pleas of Ghanaians for national resources not to be wasted on the Cathedral project, the Auditor-General disclosed in its 2021 report presented to Parliament that the government has so far spent GH¢142,762,500 on the construction of the National Cathedral.
Work on the project, which is estimated to cost $340 million, is already said to have been suspended due to inadequate funds as workers have halted activities on the site.
“We have the contractors and their staff on site, but the work has been suspended. We are hoping that within the next couple of weeks, as part of our fundraising and other initiatives, we can begin work again,” Executive Director of the Cathedral, Dr Paul Opoku-Mensah stated on Tuesday, August 30th 2022.