The Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral has announced its intention to commence a statutory audit of the ongoing project.
This was announced in a statement dated Tuesday, January 24, 2024, and signed by the Chairman of the Board, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah.
It comes after two of the board members of the cathedral, Nicholas Duncan-Williams and Eastwood Anaba, had in a memo demanded for an audit of the project whiles the project is suspended in the interim for independent auditing to be done.
In a memo, the two preachers said “In the spirit and cause of transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people, the current Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral shall appoint an independent, nationally recognised accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to and spent by the National Cathedral.
“This appointment of an auditor shall take place before the deferment of activities of the Board of Trustees.
“…..Current activities advancing the construction of Ghana’s National Cathedral shall be deferred until the atmospherics in Ghana are improved and the audit of the Cathedral account is done,” portion of the memo reads.
The Board, in its statement, said it is “already in discussions to engage Deloitte, which accepted to be the auditors when the National Cathedral was registered, to commence the normal statutory audit.”
According to the statement the Board said have “submitted all relevant documentation on the project to parliament in December 2022. Thus, if parliament so desires, it may set up a commission or appoint an independent auditor to review all issues concerning the award of contract, procurement, construction works and financial operations of the National Cathedral project so far.”
The statement emphasisied by noting the Board of Trustees is fully prepared to cooporate with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to probe matters of procurement and accountability of the project.
It believed once the hullabaloo surrounding the construction of the project is investigated for accountability in the eyes of the general public, the interest of the people shall be rekindled to enable the citizenry to contribute to the completion of the facility.