Don’t rob the poor for cathedral – Gyimah-Boadi

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By Lorlornyofm August 31, 2018 19:08

Don’t rob the poor for cathedral – Gyimah-Boadi

Co-founder of the Afrobarometer Network, Professor Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, has cautioned government against committing any state funds to the building of a National Cathedral.

According to him, sponsorship by the state in any form, will leave Ghanaians the poorer.

The political scientist said the government must publicise the details and plan for the construction of the cathedral to help the public discourse about it.

“If they [Christian churches] are paying the full cost of it – they are paying for the land, they are paying for the replacement of the houses, they are paying for properties that will be damaged and livelihoods that will be disrupted and so on – and all that the state is doing is facilitating their payment, maybe helping them to get state-of-the-art architectural design and so on, that is fine.

“[However], if all of these or any of these will come from public funds, then I am afraid that the Christians and their leaders are simply robbing the poor because, surely, when it comes to the allocation of resources, the poor will get far less and fewer resources next year than they got this year and that will be partly because some of those resources have been deployed into the construction of a cathedral,” the former Executive Director of policy think tank CDD-Ghana said when he delivered a lecture at the 14th “Kronti ne Akwamu” lecture series on the theme: Making Democracy Work For The People: Reflections On Ghana’s 25-year Journey Towards Democratic Development.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 unveiled the design and architecture of the National Cathedral at a brief ceremony at the Accra International Conference Centre.

It would house impressive chapels and baptistery, a 5,000-capacity auditorium, grand central hall, music school, choir rehearsal and multi-use spaces, an art gallery and a shop.

The President said the edifice was going to be an iconic centre for thanksgiving and to worship God for His mercies.

Making that a reality, however, requires the pulling down of some state institutions including bungalows housing 10 Court of Appeal judges, some of which were built five years ago.

This has attracted mixed reactions among Ghanaians.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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