The Minority in Parliament has called for the Finance Minister to appear before the House to answer questions on the release of GHC25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as additional seed money for the project.
According to the Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, they have sighted a letter signed by Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta in which the release of the amount had been stated as “additional seed money” for the National Cathedral project.
The letter dated March 31, is addressed to the Controller and Accountant General.
Mr. Ablakwa said the letter comes as a surprise to them, especially since there was no allocation of money to the cathedral in the 2022 budget.
Addressing the media, the North Tongu MP stated that, “MPs have not approved all of these colossal sums of money that are being released to companies we are seeing for the first time. We are not even aware of the procurement processes that were followed for these companies and these consultants who are today receiving hundreds of millions of Ghana cedis.”
He stated that this letter exposes the government’s “lack of sincerity, duplicity and the deception” especially since the President has said on numerous occasions made it clear the National Cathedral project was a personal pledge.”
“So we are building a national cathedral which should be a symbol of holiness and everything pure, everything clean and see how it is shrouded in such shadiness and clear blatant corruption,” he said.