The National Cathedral project’s potential effects on tourism and religion have been highlighted by Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, the paramount chief of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.
Despite being a “personal promise” made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to God for his political victories, the facility, which was spotted at a prominent Accra location, has drawn public attention due to the usage of state monies in its development.
Apart from being a structure that would exalt and honor God, the Okyenhene, who is also related to the president, stands to benefit a lot from the project once it is finished.
Speaking to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral Project in Kyebi on Friday, December 9, Ofori Panin II asserted that the project will have enormous positive effects.
According to a report, he said: “with the cathedral, there’ll be no need to travel to Israel, just in Accra, the cathedral will answer all your questions about Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and everything”.
He continued by saying that failure of the project will bring Ghana and President Akufo-Addo into disgrace.
“He Akufo-Addo has to glorify the name of the Lord for how far He has brought him and build the cathedral to testify that he is grateful to God for making him President, there is no sweeter news as this.
“So I’m pleading with you all, let us not bring shame upon our country and the President, let us contribute to build the cathedral,” Okyenhene stated.
The project has been on hold due to a lack of funding since early this year, so the Board of Trustees visited the Okyeman Council of State to ask for their cooperation.
For the first time, the government included a project-related expense item in the 2023 budget, with GHC 80 million cedis set aside for payment.
The project has previously received funding from the Contingency Fund.
A Parliamentary Committee was informed by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta that more over GHC330 million had already been spent from the fund.