I find it inappropriate that he used the floor of Parliament to make the appeal during a budget review presentation.
Why should the construction of a Cathedral be of high priority to a Minister of Finance.
A lecturer at the University of Cape Coast Prof Kwaku Oduro has commented on Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta’s GHC100 appeal towards the building of the National Cathedral.
It can be recalled that the Minister of Finance appealed for Ghanaians to join a club named ‘GH¢100 a month’ which is to be used to raise funds for the building of Ghana’s National Cathedral.
In his comments, the academic Mr. Kwaku Oduro stated that he finds it inappropriate that the Finance Minister made the appeal for the Ghanaians to contribute GHC100 towards the building of the National Cathedral.
He further explained that he ( Prof Kwaku Oduro) does not believe that the presence of a National Cathedral will make Ghana a Christian Country.
Read Prof. Kwaku Oduro’s Post Below
I have in the past days been pondering on two issues relating to the Finance Minister’s GHC100 appeal towards a Cathedral Project.
Firstly, I find it inappropriate that he used the floor of Parliament to make the appeal during a budget review presentation. This is because, unless I misunderstood the motivation for the Cathedral Project, the project is not an official tax-payer sponsored one. In other words, it is not a Government funded project.
Secondly, why should the construction of a Cathedral be of high priority to a Minister of Finance when a number of less endowed schools across the country are struggling to survive?
Thirdly, I’m a Christian myself and acknowledge the place of a Cathedral in the exercise of the Christian Faith. But I find it a misplaced priority when leadership commits itself to mobilizing funds to facilitate the construction of a Cathedral instead of mobilizing funds to support the revamping of community libraries, providing deprived school labs with basic science equipment instead of compelling teachers to improvise, ensuring that adequate textbooks are available to facilitate teaching in less-endowed schools etc .
I don’t believe that it is the presence of a Cathedral that will make Ghana a Christian Country . I don’t also believe that God will be happy with investment in a Cathedral when many children and young people in our country struggle to enjoy basic survival needs. I will urge all Ghanaians who wish to respond to the GHC100 appeal to channel such contribution to a suffering school, a suffering clinic, a collapsing community library, etc.
There would be more blessing in contributing towards meeting the survival needs of the poor in our country than contributing towards a Cathedral located in Accra. After all, James 2:14-17 enjoins Christians to demonstrate practical care for the needy instead of merely praying for them.
Considering the economic hardships we find ourselves, I convincingly find the Minister’s GHC100 contribution appeal towards the Cathedral, a misplaced priority.
SOURCE : CoverGhana.com.gh