¢25m for cathedral project a misplaced priority – Osman Ayariga

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A member of the National Communications team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) , Osman Ayariga, has said the Akufo-Addo administration has not shown enough commitment to fight the flood menace in the country.

He accused the government of not setting its priorities right following the release of an amount of ¢25million to the National Cathedral project.

In his view, this money cannot be spent on the project when people are losing their lives and livelihood to floods.

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance has authorized the release of ¢25million for the construction of the National Cathedral in Accra.

A letter dated 31st March and written to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) by the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta said “Authority is hereby granted to release the sum of 25million Ghana Cedis as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National Cathedral for part payment of the outstanding claim from RIBADE.”

Speaking on the New Day show on TV3 with Johnnie Hughes, Friday June 3, Osaman Ayariga said “This doesn’t look like any government that is ready to solve the drainage problem. We heard the president go out and say that he has invested ¢420million into the dredging. Yes, dredging is one aspect of it, constructing the drains is another part of solving the problem, the two need to work together.

“It is not as if the two activities are mutually exclusive that, if you decide to embark on one, the other automatically solves itself. So if we go about dredging the Odaw River and try to clear the drains without constructing the drains that will actually serve as a channel for the water to pass through then at the end of the day we will still be experiencing floods .

“It just has to do with an issue of priorities, this government hasn’t shown in any way that it is actually tackling the Accra drainage system, or the flood system is a priority to it.

“Just yesterday, you will realize that ¢25million has been given to Cathedral and the Deputy Finance Minister tells us that to them, that is priority. People are flooding, water is carrying people’s livelihoods away, the rains are carrying peoples homes away but the Finance Minister comes to tell us that the President, giving additional seed money of ¢25million cedis for the construction of the National Cathedral which is the President’s own solemn promise to God, is a priority.”

By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana

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