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Andrew Agyapa Mercer calls for completion of National Cathedral

In the course of his vetting by Parliament’s Appointments Committee on March 5, 2024, Minister designate for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Andrew Agyapa Mercer, voiced his support for the completion of the National Cathedral.

He highlighted the project’s potential to boost the country’s economic growth significantly. If approved, Mercer expressed his readiness to collaborate with Parliament to ensure the cathedral’s completion.

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The Minister-designate emphasized Parliament‘s pivotal role in facilitating the project’s progress.

“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.

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“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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He noted that the funds have ceased and stressed the need to finish the project to draw visitors.

“I sincerely believe that the National Cathedral was well intended. His Excellency the President took a position that it was something that needed to be done between the state and private faith-based organizations. And so, the state needed certain contributions. And the expectation was that the faith-based organizations were also going to make contributions to ensure that the facility was completed.”

Originally slated for completion in March 2024, the cathedral’s construction has faced delays.

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