Works on National Cathedral can go on – Supreme Court orders in controversial case

The Artist’s impression of the controversial National Cathedral

The apex court has directed the continuation of works on the National Cathedral in a controversial case before it.

Businessman, Jonathan Holm, sued the government for breaching portions of the Constitution when it gave State land for the construction of the National Cathedral.

Mr Holm is alleging the purpose offered for the construction of the structure does not serve the public interest.

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inspecting the Artist’s impression of the National Cathedral

He wants a declaration that the government’s action is unconstitutional. He also wants the land returned to its original owners.

But the seven-member panel presided over by Chief Justice Kwesi Anin Yeboah Tuesday has ordered the continuation of construction works on the building.

The Supreme Court held appropriate remedies exist, including the payment of compensation by the state, if the matter is determined in favour of the applicant.

The construction of the National Cathedral is a 2016 campaign pledge made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

But the fulfilment of the campaign promise has generated controversies in the country.

This is the second case brought before Ghana’s apex court, challenging the construction of the National Cathedral.

The first case was initiated by former Youth Organiser of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), James Kwabena Bonfeh.

Mr Bonfeh’s case was unanimously dismissed by the court.

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