The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has said that the government could have saved enough money if the National Cathedral had just replaced the Accra International Conference Center.
The Member of Parliament believes that if there was a plan to restructure the Conference Centre, which is in the same enclave as the National Cathedral, it would have saved the government from the mismanagement of the country’s resources and funds.
Several governments, diplomatic and residential structures were destroyed and some relocated to pave way for the Cathedral project.
“It could have been part of this project. They are in the same enclave and would have saved a lot of money,” he said.
“It could have been sited there [where the conference centre is] so you save money, and you don’t have to go and be demolishing judges’ buildings, demolishing the passport office and demolishing the Malian ambassador’s residence.”
The Minority Caucus in Parliament expects the government to spend more than GH¢100 million on the National Cathedral project.
They have filed some questions to impel the Minister for Finance to provide details on how much the state has spent on the project so far.
The project was planned to get financial support from donors, but the recent reports of seed money and consultation payments totalling over GH¢50 million have sparked calls for accountability.
The Cathedral project was proposed by the government in March 2017 as a physical embodiment of national unity, harmony, and spirituality.
The inter-denominational Cathedral is expected to have an auditorium with a capacity of 5,000 people, as well as chapels, and a baptistery.
The President has said, that the Cathedral project is to fulfil a promise he made to God, in the run-up to the 2016 election.