The Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has alleged that an amount worth GHS142,762,500.00 has been spent by the ruling government on the National Cathedral project.
He claimed that in achieving their “unconstitutional payments,” the Akufo-Addo-led government manoeuvred their way out keeping away cathedral expenditure from the Auditor-General in his 2020 audit.
According to a post made by the Legislator Tuesday, June 7, 2022, the payment was done a few weeks before the 2020 general elections.
“As promised, here are more calamitous revelations on unconstitutional payments by the Akufo-Addo government purportedly to finance a Cathedral project”
“On 29th October 2020—few weeks to the national elections, Ken Ofori-Atta, acting on a request by President Akufo-Addo’s Chief of Staff, authorized the release of a gargantuan GHS142,762,500.00 for the national cathedral ‘planned activities'” he exposes.
He added that the “Akufo-Addo government has spent a mind-boggling GHS199,832,603.00 of taxpayer funds on a cathedral which was originally presented to Ghanaians as a personal pledge to God that will not be executed with taxpayer funds.”
Delving deep into the piles of documents in possession of the opposing party, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa regretted to report to Ghanaians that millions of cedis have been paid illegally into the Cathedral projects.
“We shall continue to put out to the glory of God and in the overall national interest. On a further scarier note, the figures we are currently reviewing do not look like anything near a ‘seed-capital’,” said the MP.
The GH¢200 million cathedral gate, he said, has “turned out to be the biggest presidential scandal in Ghana’s entire history”.
He further described the situation as “terribly shocking,” that the government could engage in “such ungodly, illegal and insensitive conduct.”