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About GH¢339m spent on National Cathedral since 2020 ~ Finance Ministry

Accra, Ghana – July 4, 2024 – The construction of the National Cathedral has cost the government over GH¢339 million since its inception in 2020, according to Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Abena Osei Asare. This revelation was made during a parliamentary session on Wednesday, sparking extensive discussions and mixed reactions among legislators and the public.

Abena Osei Asare presented a detailed breakdown of the expenditures, emphasizing that the funds were allocated for various phases of the construction project, including site preparation, foundation laying, architectural designs, and the procurement of materials. She assured that the spending was in line with the projected budget and transparent financial practices.

The total releases made for the National Cathedral by the government to date remain at GH¢339 million. This figure comprises GH¢225 million paid to the National Cathedral Secretariat, and GH¢113 million paid directly to the project consultant.

There was a value-for-money audit done on the project in 2021. Also, a statutory audit of the National Cathedral of Ghana accounts by Deloitte Ghana was started in July 2023 and is ongoing.

Auditors had concluded the audit of the 18-month account ended December 31, 2020. Meanwhile, preparations are in place for the auditors to complete the remaining accounts for the periods ended December 31, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

The public reaction has been equally divided. Supporters of the project argue that the cathedral will serve as a unifying symbol for the nation, attracting tourists and fostering national pride.

Critics, however, believe that the funds could be better utilized to improve essential services. Social media platforms have been abuzz with debates, with many questioning the government’s spending priorities.

In response to the criticisms, the government reiterated its commitment to balancing the nation’s developmental needs with cultural and religious projects.

The government has assured that construction will continue with rigorous oversight to ensure timely completion and financial prudence. The next phases will focus on the main structure’s erection, landscaping, and interior decorations, with an anticipated completion date in 2026.

For further updates, follow the proceedings in Parliament and stay tuned to radiotamaleonline.com.

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