Work on the National Cathedral comes to a halt as 200 workers get sacked over lack of funds

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Work on the National Cathedral has been halted for many months when the project’s contractor, RIBADE Company LTD, allegedly fired over 200 of its employees due to a shortage of cash.

The controversy over whether or not to build the National Cathedral has raged for quite some time and this latest development will fuel more rage on social media.

The location for the building, a 14.5-acre plot of land near Ghana’s Parliament House, has been halted after the government spent over GH200 million on the project.

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A letter dated March 14, 2022, written by the project manager, Grant Ramsay, and making the rounds on social media, requested that all employees relinquish all property in their possession to the Human Resources office.

It maintained that it was only following elements of the contract that required them to reduce expenses because they were not getting cash for the project.

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Part of the letter reads “Due to the lack of payment from the National Cathedral of Ghana which has resulted in the project being suspended, RIBADE COMPANY LTD is required under the contract to mitigate costs.”

“In compliance with such an obligation under the contract, RIBADE COMPANY LTD has no option but to issue this letter of notice terminating the agreement between RIBADE COMPANY LTD and you as per the provisions of your employment agreement.

“This notice of termination takes effect on the 14th of March 2022 you are therefore requested to hand in all properties (i.e safety equipment, etc) belonging to the company in your possession to the HR office by close of work of the same day,” it added.

A sod-cutting ceremony to launch Ghana’s “National Cathedral” was held not long after Nana Akufo-Presidential Addo’s win in December 2016.

This ceremony, held on March 6, 2017, was part of a bigger celebration of Ghana’s 60th anniversary of independence and was followed a year later by the public publication of the project plan.

These drawings revealed a sequence of chapels, a baptistery, a 5,000-seat auditorium, a music school, an art gallery, a commercial shop, and a Bible Museum designed by acclaimed British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye. 

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