Celebrities, economists, political critics, civil society organisations and the general public have slammed the misplaced priority of the Akufo Addo administration to tax one million Ghanaians to donate GHC 100 monthly for the construction of the controversial National Cathedral.
Social media and all electronic media outlets are awash with harsh expletives aimed at the Akufo Addo administration when the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, during the reading of the mid-year budget presentation announced the Mafia-like plan to ask Ghanaians to do the monthly donation.
Mr. Ofori-Atta said the Cathedral is expected to be commissioned on March 6, 2024, adding that “this state and church partnership envisaged by the president to develop the National Cathedral is on course. An initiative; the GHC100 a month also dubbed “Ketoa Biaa Nsua” will be launched by the trustees of the National Cathedral on August 12, 2021, to give as many Ghanaians as possible the opportunity to be part of the history of the National Cathedral.”
Renowned Acrtress, Lydia Forson has taken to social media to slam the misplaced priority of the government, asking why the government is not asking for donations to build critical social infrastructure “Did I just hear that our government wants us to do ‘susu’ for a cathedral THEY wanted and not us??!! Not susu for hospitals oh…Not susu for roads killing people every day…Not susu for students learning under trees oh…SUSU FOR A CATHEDRAL!!” she posted on Twitter.
Professor John Gatsi, an economics lecturer at the University of Cape Coast also weighed in saying, “Don’t worry yourself about contributing GHS100 to support the construction of a Cathedral, it is not a deeper national need. It is rather the time Ghanaians should contribute to support small family business initiatives.”
According to Gatsi, the priority of Ghanaians especially the youth is to be productive and any efforts by Ghanaians to organize micro and small seed capital for young people will be a rewarding social investment.
Meanwhile, the government had claimed it will provide some US$20 million in seed capital plus an additional US$ 30 million or more for the 14-acre high-end location where land cost over US$ 1 million per acre and the rebuilding of multiple state-owned buildings destroyed to make way for the cathedral.
The announcement by Ofori-Atta has therefore sent Ghanaians into an angry spin as social media goes ablaze with harsh criticisms of the misplaced priority of the Akufo Addo administration.
It is unclear how long the fundraising will last, but at GHC 100 from 1 million Ghanaians monthly, the Akuffo Addo administration will be collecting some GHC 100 million monthly.
Instead of using that amount to construct a religious building for Christians, this amount could construct all the Senior Secondary school infrastructure and eradicate the shift system that the government has been forced to adapt to counteract the
influx of students taking advantage of the Free SHS policy.
In just six months, the amount set to be raised for the cathedral could construct the more than 88 hospitals and health posts that President Akufo Addo promised to construct last year and woefully failed to put up a single one.
Meanwhile, the cathedral is a personal vow of President Akufo Addo to build a cathedral for God in celebration of his presidential victory in 2016.
The government vehemently denied committing state resources to the personal covenant, but then, the Akufo Addo administration turned around and cunningly committed state resources to pay cronies to construct the cathedral.
It is now extorting money from overburdened citizens to fulfill his vow as it becomes more uncertain what further toll the cathedral will have on Ghanaians.
Whatsup News has gathered that the antics around the “Cathedral of Lies” is draining national resources and the patience of the citizens is running out on how many more sacrifices they would be compelled to commit to pacify Akufo Addo’s god.