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TUC’s Request to Convert National Cathedral into a Hospital Rejected by Governance Lecturer

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has come under scrutiny for their call to convert the National Cathedral into a hospital. Dr. Anthony Yaw Baah, Secretary-General of TUC, made the call during the 2023 May Day parade, stating that a hospital would better serve the needs of Ghanaians than a tourist attraction.

However, Dr. Benjamin Otchere-Ankrah, a Governance Lecturer at Central University, has criticized TUC’s suggestion, calling it illogical. He questioned why the TUC would ask for the Cathedral to be converted into a hospital when there are plenty of lands in Ghana for the construction of a hospital.

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Dr. Otchere-Ankrah advised the TUC to focus on matters that concern them and not meddle in issues outside their jurisdiction. He also stated that the National Cathedral is a significant symbol of Ghana’s Christian heritage and should not be converted into a hospital.

The TUC’s suggestion has sparked a debate among Ghanaians. While some support the idea of a hospital, others argue that the National Cathedral should be preserved as a religious and cultural landmark.

For the most part, the National Cathedral is seen as a symbol of Ghana’s Christian identity and a testament to the country’s architectural prowess. It is intended to serve as a place of worship for Christians and promote religious tourism in Ghana. The project has faced criticism from some Ghanaians who believe it is a waste of resources and should not be a priority.

However, Dr. Otchere-Ankrah’s criticism of the TUC’s call highlights the need for Ghanaian organizations to focus on matters that are within their scope and not venture into other areas. The National Cathedral is a significant project for Ghana, and its purpose should not be trivialized.

In conclusion, while the idea of converting the National Cathedral into a hospital may seem practical, it does not align with the purpose for which it was constructed. The TUC’s suggestion has been met with resistance, and Ghanaians must come together to find alternative ways to improve the country’s healthcare system without sacrificing important cultural landmarks.

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