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Mahama: God wouldn’t choose a cathedral over education and infrastructure

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has raised concerns about the prioritization of the construction of a national cathedral over crucial educational and infrastructural needs in Ghana.

Mahama expressed scepticism over the decision, stating that even God would not prioritize a cathedral over investments in education.

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He highlighted the importance of addressing pressing educational and infrastructural challenges before embarking on projects like the national cathedral.

During a public lecture at Wisconsin University, Mahama responded to inquiries about his stance on completing the national cathedral if elected president.

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He clarified that the commitment to build the cathedral stemmed from a personal promise made by President Akufo-Addo to God, rather than a divine directive.

The former President argued that if given the opportunity to allocate $400 million, investing in textbooks for students or upgrading vital infrastructure such as the single road from Accra to Cape Coast to a dual carriageway would likely yield greater benefits for the nation.

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“For me, the national cathedral was a covenant somebody made with God, an individual. He said he swore to God that if he became president, he would build a cathedral for him. From my perspective, it is his promise to build a house for God.

“I am sure that if he really had asked God what he wanted him to do with $400 million; I don’t think God would have chosen a cathedral when $400 million could have provided textbooks for all our students. I don’t think God would have asked you for a cathedral when we could have used the money to dualise the road from Accra to Cape Coast. People die every day on that road because it’s a single road.

“So, God didn’t ask for it, somebody promised it to God, it was a personal promise and if I have $400 million God will be angry with me if I use it to build that cathedral. I am not going to take taxpayers’ money or borrow $400 million from any source to build this cathedral,” he said.

source: city news.com

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