$350M Cathedral Funds Can Build 6,500 CHPS Compound Or 39,000 3 Unit Classroom Black - Richmond Akpah
With a growing economy at seven per cent, Ghana’s educational and healthcare delivery system continues to suffer an infrastructural deficit. The Government looks for ways to raise additional revenue to complement the growth. In recent times, the Government of Ghana, under the leadership of Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta and President Akuffo Addo, introduced the E-Levy to raise more revenue in addition to all the existing revenue sources available to the Nation.
The World Health Organization ranked Ghana in a recent report the 135th position out of 191 countries in the world. This is clear evidence that Ghana has a long way to go in terms of healthcare delivery and providing access to higher-quality facilities across the country. Even though the Government seeks to establish an effective mechanism for disease surveillance, prevention, and control and promoting a healthy mode of living and good habits, little has been done to provide the necessary infrastructural support for the attainment of this mission.
Further, despite the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy, the literacy level of Ghanaians is not encouraging as Ghana has been ranked among the worse countries in education across the globe. The World Development Report states that the quality of education at our schools is deteriorating due to the lack of the necessary infrastructural input into the sector. With dilapidated classrooms that put the lives of students and teachers at risk, some do not even study when it begins to rain.
We have critical issues with our educational and healthcare delivery system. Yet the Nana Akufo-Addo led NPP government thinks the wisest investment to make now is to pump a whopping 350 dollars into building a Cathedral.
On the 16th of September 2021, the people of Baaya and its surrounding communities in the Pru West District in the Bono East Region received a Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compound by the Japanese government through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP). The Project which consists of the Out-Patient Department (OPD), consulting room, delivery room, storeroom, Sluice room, and a semidetached residential facility cost the donor about $70,000 (GH¢ 426,565.29). Using this cost as a standard, no one needs to be an achturial scientist to know that the cathedral's $350 million can build about 6,523 CHPS compounds all over the country.
Again, on the 24th of November 2021, Cal Bank PLC, according to media reports, commissioned a 3-unit classroom block for the Hodze-ve Junior High School in the Volta Region. The project which cost the prestigious financial institution about GH¢ 70,000 comes with a fully furnished computer laboratory and is set to benefit the Hodze -Ve Junior High School and its surrounding communities. Here too, the Cathedrals $350 million, can model and construct about 39,750 of these 3-unit classroom blocks for the benefit of Ghanaians.
As a young Ghanaian, I am of the opinion that the Government's investment in our future as a people is paramount to the development of the country. The National Cathedral cannot be a priority as we have an economy that is struggling to revive from the effects of Covid 19 and the Russia-Ukraine war.
We can do better. We should do better. We could be doing better if our government and leadership would make the hard decisions not thinking of cheap political gains but being concerned with the plight of the everyday Ghanaian and being committed to developing this country.