The National Cathedral Secretariat was to get 80 million Ghana cedis from the 2023 budget, however the Minority in Parliament forced Minister of Finance Ken Ofori-Atta to transfer the money to the Roads and Communications Ministries.
Given the country’s current economic situation, the NDC MPs who opposed the allocation at the committee level made persuasive reasons against investing such a large sum in the project.
NDC MPs discussed the findings of the Trade, Industry and Tourism Committee in turn, citing verses from the Bible to demonstrate how useless such an endeavor is.
The NPP MPs, on the other hand, used the same scriptures to contest the Minority’s viewpoint, claiming that the project would not only benefit the nation but also aid in alleviating the present economic crisis.
They characterized the minority MPs as atheists attempting to obstruct attempts to give God the respect he deserves.
After much back and forth, the Finance Minister, who was present in the parliament, was contacted by deputy majority leader Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin.
The 80 million cedis would instead be added to the budget projections for the Ministries of Roads and Highways and Communications and Digitalization, he announced upon his return.