The Finance Minister, Kenneth Ofori-Atta has instructed the Controller and Accountant General to release an amount of GH₵25,000,000.00 for the construction of the National Cathedral.
The amount according to the ministry is an additional seed money for part payment of outstanding claims from RIBADE Limited.
“Authority is hereby granted you to release the sum 25,000,000.00 (Twenty- Five Million Ghana Cedis) as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National Cathedral for part payment of outstanding claims from RIBADE Limited,” the letter stated.
Government had earlier indicated that the National Cathedral is a personal pledge which is not going to be funded by the state, but rather, the Christian community and private entities.
Meanwhile, North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has questioned government for releasing the ransom for the National Cathedral project in the midst of economic challenges.
In Mr Ablakwa’s view, the funds could have been used to pay trainees under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme, school feeding caterers and also service personnel.
He also adds that the directive comes to him as a shock since no such provision was made in the 2022 Budget Statement and Fiscal Policy of the government.
Source: Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com|Ghana