Gabby Otchere-Darko goes after critics of National Cathedral as he revives funding debate

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Legal practitioner, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has hit back at critics who continue to criticize government’s decision to continue with the construction of the National Cathedral in the wake of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.

Wondering why some individuals still make a fuss about it, he said the Construction of the cathedral is not being funded by the government but by individuals and organizations.

According to Gabby Otchere-Darko, he together with those whose accounts are debited monthly to aid with the building of the edifice are not complaining, hence, he doesn’t understand why there is a backlash from people whose monies are not being used to fund the project.

Questioning if the critics had the right to dictate to them how to use their monies, Gabby said “I’m among the 1000s of Ghanaians (and others) across the world whose donations are debited each month from their personal bank account for the Cathedral. Others also contribute occasionally through cash and credit card payments.”

“So, those who have rather made it their monthly occupation to criticize the decision to build the Cathedral, do they have issues with how others, like my pensioner dad, choose to spend their money or what? I’m wondering.”

There have been calls by some individuals telling the government to use the $100m cathedral money for the construction of the 94 hospitals as part of efforts to fight the coronavirus.

But Gabby reiterated that the government’s contribution to the Cathedral is negligible thus calls to divert the funds dedicated for the construction to the building of the 94 new hospitals are unnecessary.

“And, please, don’t tell me Govt has spent money on it too (for relocation, for this and that) because the bulk is from donations from people and organizations big and small. You choose what you do with your earnings but don’t have issues with what others do with theirs to support the making of such a national asset. When state lands are sold off all the time to private developers to build houses that only the rich and privileged can afford you are ok with it. We used to hear Govt should build hospitals instead of Cathedral. As if the two are mutually exclusive. We shall all be here (we pray!) in 2030. We shall see who wears the folly crown then,” he said.


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