Egyapa Mercer seeks Parliamentary support for completion of National Cathedral

Mr. Andrew Egyapa Mercer, the Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, is lobbying for parliamentary backing to conclude the National Cathedral project, which has encountered significant contention.

Originally scheduled for completion by March 2024, the cathedral’s construction has encountered setbacks.

During his vetting by Parliament’s Appointments Committee on March 5, 2024, Mr. Egyapa Mercer mentioned the project’s potential to substantially boost the country’s economic development.

He said: “Unfortunately, I do not know the details of the financing positions of today. But it’s obvious, I believe to all of us that the private contributions that were expected weren’t as forthcoming. I recall that in the 2023 budget, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta requested some public funds to enable us to move the project to its conclusion, which was resisted by the House.

“But I will entreat [Parliament] to support the project because obviously some funding has gone in there. We cannot allow it to sit the way it’s sitting. And so, if I’m given the nod, I believe that if I have an opportunity to make a presentation to you [parliament]. I will urge the support of all, especially our colleagues on the minority side to support the completion of the project.

“I believe it will be a huge income generation for our country and will help in attracting visitors. If I have to present a budget for parliament for consideration, yes.”


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