Site National Cathedral Outside Accra...Must We Necessarily Demolish State Structures? - Sefa Kayi Quizzes

Ace broadcaster and reigning GJA Journalist of the Year, Kwami Sefa Kayi has questioned the decision to construct a National Cathedral in Accra which will inevitably cause the demolishing of other state properties.

He would rather the yet-to-be-built cathedral, if it must be constructed, be relocated from Accra, so as not to further worsen vehicular traffic in the capital.

The National Cathedral will sit around a 14-acre garden and will have chapels, a baptistery, a music school, an art gallery, a Bible Museum and Documentation Centre - It is expected to seat 5,000 people in its main auditorium.

The construction of this monumental edifice will result in government properties housed on 14-acres of prime lands in Accra being pulled down.

The buildings include residential accommodation for Appeal court justices, private properties and state properties such as the Passport Office and the Scholarship Secretariat.

But the tumult created by Government's decision to pull down these structures and in their place erect a national cathedral doesn't appear to be abating anytime soon.

Earlier last week, the Coalition of Muslim Organisations, Ghana (COMOG) slammed government over the project saying it constitutes an interference in religious matters in a secular state like Ghana.

However, legal practitioner and member of the pressure group, OccupyGhana, Ace Ankomah, strongly believes Christians deserve a cathedral in Accra since they have contributed their quota to the country in terms of education and missions

Wading into the fray, the ace journalist and host of "Kokrokoo", Peace FM’s flagship show, Kwami Sefa Kayi, affectionately called ‘Chairman General’, said whiles the decision is ‘laudable’, its location must be reconsidered.

The idea of having a National Cathedral is a laudable one but most importantly, we should reconsider its location. Have we thought about the traffic situation in the capital?” he quizzed

He opined that a second thought to build the cathedral outside Accra will be needful.

Let’s look at areas like Madina, Adentan, Oyarifa considering the economic benefits it will serve them. Must we necessarily have to demolish certain structures in prime areas in order to construct a National Cathedral?” he rhetorically asked.