Former president John Dramani Mahama has suggested that the public funding for the construction of the National Cathedral project in these difficult times of Ghana’s economic challenges must be put to hold.
He believes it is not prudent to channel resources to the construction of the National Cathedral when the country is going through economic woes.
Mr. Mahama made the suggestion at the University of Professional Studies on Thursday, October 27, 2022, while delivering a lecture on the state of the country’s economy, on the theme: ‘Building the Ghana We Want.’
He said the national cathedral should not be priority amidst the current economic challenges hence it funding should cease immediately.
“Being a Christian myself, and deeply appreciative of the centrality of God in nation building, I agree with most Ghanaians who believe that the project cannot constitute a top priority of government at this moment, warranting further injection of scarce public funds,” he said.
According to him, the public funds invested into the construction of the cathedral should be audited for transparency.
“Because of the non-transparency of the procurements associated with the project, I believe that the project should be subjected to a value-for-money audit in order to open the way for believers who wish to contribute to its construction to do so,” Mr. Mahama added.
The former President further directed that those resources must rather be invested in reviving the country’s economy.