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General News of Tuesday, 28 August 2018


Cathedral good, evicting judges lazy – Former MP

A staunch member of the opposition National Democratic Congress has lauded an initiative to construct a National Cathedral project but disagrees with the approach of government to realising the “good project”.

George Loh believes the government should find a more spacious land space to site the cathedral rather than settling on the Ridge space which is currently the home of some superior court judges and government buildings.

Speaking on the AM Show on the Joy News channel Tuesday, Mr Loh argued that such a facility would attract a lot of pilgrims and the Ridge space is just too small to handle such numbers.

“There may be a time when 10,000 people would want to go there and witness something. And if 10,000 people want to go there with their vehicles and if something goes wrong the evacuation…” the former North Dayi legislator said.

The NDC Volta Regional Secretary hopeful’s argument comes amid the controversy surrounding government’s decision to relinquish the land at Ridge that currently houses the Passport office, Appeal’s Court judge’s residence and some other government facilities for the construction of a Cathedral.

The government has said the taxpayer is not paying for the project.

But the judges have expressed displeasure at their relocation. Scores of social media commentators and other analysts have questioned the financial sense involved in the venture.

They [judges] want the government to take the project elsewhere, Joy News’ Manasseh Azure Awuni reported on Monday, after he had spent time with some of the judges whose residences are to be pulled down.

Speaking on the planned demolition of the five-year-old buildings to put up the cathedral, George Loh said the move is “a lazy man’s approach”.

Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko who was also on the AM Show highlighted the fact that the cathedral was a national facility and needed to be in the central business area.

He also noted that whichever place the edifice is taken to, some compensation will need to be paid to those who would be affected in one way or the other.

The National Cathedral of Ghana is a planned interdenominational Christian cathedral scheduled to be built in Accra, the nation's capital, as part of Ghana's 60th-anniversary celebrations.

The design of the cathedral was unveiled by the President Nana Akufo-Addo in March 2018.

The cathedral will have an auditorium capable of seating 5,000 as well as the requisite chapels and a baptistery. The site will also house a music school, an art gallery and a museum dedicated to the Bible.

The design of the cathedral reflects the art and culture of Ghanaian ethnic groups; the high ceilings and a staggered roof is reminiscent of Akanian architecture and the facade will be concaved, decorated with timber in imitation of Ashanti royal stools.

The architect for the project is David Adjaye, a British-Ghanaian.