Ghana with it population hovering somewhere around 27-28 million people is considered a very religious country.
Well, that is no surprise as that is the nature of Africans as a whole.
Religion plays a vital role in the lives of Ghanaians as it could be traced to every part of our affairs. To a very large extent, I believe our very religious nature has contributed to our relatively peaceful nation as it’s something we pride ourselves with not also forgetting the fact that this same religious nature has cost us a lot in terms of analyzing issues that have to do with logic and common sense.
Even though Ghana is considered a secular state, the two dominant religions are Christianity and Islam, with an estimated 71.2% of the populace considered as Christians whiles only 17.6% belong to the Islamic faith.
From the statistics, It’s obvious the fraction is not balanced and more or less, we could attempt to say Ghana is close to being called a Christian nation.
In the same vein, there were an estimated 10,000 churches in Ghana as of 2014 and the number has doubled in recent times whiles the number of mosques in the country cannot be rightly stated but obviously far behind that of churches.
Deutsche Welle (DW) had reported this,
Too many churches in Ghana?
Is religious life in Ghana out of control? New Christian churches outside the main denominations are springing up, raising fears not only of spiritual confusion but also secular concerns about noise and inconvenience.
The debate over the number of Churches in the country is another topic for another day.
But what I want to drive at is the recent decision by the Ghanaian government to build a National Cathedral of about 5000 seats at an area around East-Ridge in Accra.
Meanwhile, before this could be done a total of ten six-bedroom bungalows constructed about 5 years ago for judges would have to be demolished to pave way for the ‘white elephant’ and also going down along with the bungalows is the passport office and a number of edifices
The question remains, is all these worth it? Do we need a national cathedral and for what purpose will it serve.
I believe that, for fairness sake, after the church is built with taxpayer’s money who obviously are all not Christians, a mosque should also be built for the Muslim taxpayer that is if we will try to make sense of the senselessness of government’s decision.
NOW TO WHY I’M AGAINST THIS DECISION
The first reason I am not buying this idea is that the building of a National cathedral is likely to cause a discord or a disruption of the peace we have been enjoying ever since the end of the last coup.
Furthermore, even internally among the Christians, the National church will create unnecessary tension as which of the sections within the christiandom will administer the church because certainly the church can’t be left there on it own and only used whenever there is a national ceremony.
Again, there are way more pressing issues that need attention, and taxpayers monies should be allocated to the issue of sustaining the Free SHS, construction of road networks and maintaining the ones we already have, not forgetting our healthcare system that is standing on one leg.
I strongly believe that the government has a problem of misplaced priorities which needs a quick look at.
Story by: Adnan Osman