The secretary to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral project, Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng has said the board is expecting to spend an amount not less than hundred million dollars on the National Cathedral project, ABC News can report.
Responding to concerns about the cost of the project and how it will benefit the nation, Rev. Kusi said “Nobody can give us the specifics as to how much we are going to spend, but we have an idea. We are not going to spend anything less than 100 million dollars.”
The project which is currently at the demolishing state will see the pulling down of about 50 buildings made up of offices and residential apartments for state officials.
Court of Appeal judges who occupied some of the residential facilities constructed by the Judicial Service some five years ago, were evicted late last year and given a temporary accommodation set to cost the state some 168,000 dollars in 18 months.
A major concern for many is how the National Cathedral project will be funded.
President Akufo-Addo at the launch of the project made a personal contribution of 100,000 cedis, but this notwithstanding, Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng says the National Cathedral Board is not privy to the exact amount of money in its coffers for the said project.
“I can’t really tell you now…We don not have all the monies, I have heard a lot of noise on air. Let me make this clear that of all the trustees, none of them is paid Per Diem we are all doing this on sacrificial basis,” he said.
President Nana Akufo-Addo on March 6, 2017, announced plans by his government to build an interdenominational Christian cathedral as part of Ghana’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
Per the architectural designs by the British-Ghanaian David Adjaye, the cathedral will boast of chapels and baptistery, have a music school, an art gallery, and a Bible museum.
Responding to critics of the project, President Akufo-Addo said “I made a pledge to almighty God that if He was gracious enough to grant my party victory in the 2016 election after two unsuccessful attempts, I would help build a cathedral to His glory and honour. I’m determined to redeem this pledge.”
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta noted, while presenting the 2019 budget to Parliament that, government will facilitate the “process by providing the land, the Secretariat, and seed money for the preparatory phase”.