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Site Work Begins on Ghana’s Controversial National Cathedral - Report

Infra News - Published on Tue, 20 Aug 2019

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Global Construction Review reported that work has begun on clearing the site for Ghana’s “National Cathedral”, which the government is promoting as a way of unifying the west African country. The country’s Passport Office and houses occupied by 14 court of appeal judges in Accra are being demolished and relocated to create a 70,000 square meter plot for the project. Mr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, the minister for inner cities, told the Ghanaian press that the “Cathedral would be something that the population could gather around, especially in a country like ours that is sharply divided on so many things: ethnicity, politics, etc. A nation like Ghana needs a symbol like that which allows us to come together”.

The cathedral, which would be sited next to the Ghanaian parliament building in the centre of the capital, was proposed by the government in March 2017 as part of the celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary of independence.

Efforts to raise finance began in 2018. President Nana Akufo-Addo said at the time “The cathedral will address the missing link in our nation’s architecture by providing a church of national purpose. “It will be an interdenominational house of worship and prayer, as well as serve as the venue for formal state occasions of a religious nature, such as presidential inaugurations, state funerals, and national thanksgiving services.”

Ironically, the plan immediately divided Ghanaians, who questioned whether a cathedral was the best use of public money in a country with a per capita income below $2,000. Others wondered whether a religious symbol was the best way to unite a country that is only 70% Christian.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Tue, 20 Aug 2019
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