‘Even debtors eat’ – NPP’s Freddie Blay defends government over GHS25 million release for National Cathedral construction

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Freddie Blay, the Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), has questioned critics of their justification behind why they are criticizing the government’s release of GHC 25 million in seed money for the construction of Ghana’s National Cathedral.

According to a leaked letter from the Finance Ministry last week, the Ministry has released GHC 25 million as seed money for the construction of the National Cathedral.

Aside from the seed money, another letter that was released into the public realm revealed that the project’s architects were paid varying amounts for their advisory services.

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In these difficult circumstances, the administration has been chastised for its priorities.

Employees of the NABCO project, National Service personnel and others have been delayed pay for several months, basic schools lack textbooks, and the government is battling to keep school food on track.

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Even in these difficult times, the Ghanaian government has judged it appropriate to prioritize the construction of a National Cathedral, which is the President’s promise to God after winning an election.

In response to a query about whether the timing for the disbursement of such monies was appropriate, Freddie Blay, the New Patriotic Party’s Chair, remarked;

“What a question? They should release it at dawn or they should release it in the Evening? Look someone who owes also eats, even though a debtor doesn’t eat palm nut soup but he/she eats”.

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