Former Municipal Chief Executive for Ejisu-Juaben in the Ashanti region has said the current economic hardship in the country should be the priority of the government, instead of releasing money for a national cathedral.

Afrifa Yamoah-Ponkoh says God would not need a Cathedral when almost every sector of the Ghanaian economy is faced with financial challenges.

The government, through the Finance Minister, approved the release of GHC25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as additional seed money for the construction of the National Cathedral.

Speaking to Nhyira FM’s Obidehyie Ofori Amanfo on Kuro Yi Mu Nsem show, Mr. Yamoah Ponkoh said the funds could have been used to pay the arrears of NABCO trainees and attend to the stalled hospital projects.


“NABCO is now collapsed. You have GHC25 million for Cathedral while owing NABCO personnel seven months arrears. Do you have better houses than God that He says you should build Him a house?

God doesn’t need any Cathedral at this moment – Yamoah Ponkoh
An artist’s impression of the National Cathedral

At this time when ‘no bed syndrome’ is affecting hospitals and you are building a national cathedral, for who? You want God to come and dwell in this filth?” He quizzed.

Mr. Yamoah-Ponkoh described the Akufo-Addo administration as confused, hence the quest to build the Cathedral.

“This is deceit to loot the public purse. Akuffo Addo is highly confused and using Ghana for his personal gains.”