General News of Thursday, 30 August 2018
The Afrikania Mission in Ghana says it does not make economic sense for the government to demolish official residence of some judges at Ridge in Accra to make way for the building of the National Cathedral.
The Mission said it is satisfied with the building of the national edifice, but destroying already built buildings to make way for that is what they are against.
The building of the Cathedral has caused an uproar in the country with many accusing government of having misplaced priorities as well as wasting the taxpayer’s money.
The Head of the Afrikania Mission in Ghana, His Holiness Osofo Komfo Atsu Kove, in an interview with Accra based Neat FM suggested that government should rather concentrate on lands in Kasoa for such initiative, instead of demolishing official residence of judges.
“Ghana needs schools, hospitals, and factories to create jobs for our youth, not a National Cathedral. Building a National Cathedral instead of schools for our children who are having classes under trees is just ridiculous and an insult to the intelligence of the black race”, he explained.
His Holiness Atsu Kove said “why should they even demolish judges’ residence to build a cathedral. It doesn’t make sense Even if they want to do something like that; they should consider doing it at Kasoa or even Prampram because that’s where we have vast lands”.
He described the initiative as alien to the African culture, adding, it is important for leaders in the country to get their priorities straight.
About the National Cathedral
President Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017 cut sod for the construction of a National Cathedral to serve as a national non-denominational Christian worship centre for the country.
Some nine justices of the Court of Appeal as well as other judicial staff occupying bungalows around the site earmarked for the project, have been asked to vacate to make way for the construction of the 5,000-seater capacity facility.
They are to move into temporary residential buildings pending the construction of some 21 new bungalows on the Second Circular Road – Cantonments in Accra.
These will be completed and handed over by January 2020