The National Cathedral Secretariat has denied making an illegal payment of GHS2.6 Million to JNS Talent Limited.
MP for North Tongu, Samual Okudzeto Ablakwa, has questioned the work done by the firm to warrant the payment. He alleges the firm is owned by Secretary to the National Cathedral Board of Trustees, Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng.
He says JNS Talent Centre Ltd. runs a crèche at Dawhenya near Tema, and has no expertise in construction.
The National Cathedral Secretariat had not responded to the claim by the MP until now.
The response follows fresh allegations by the MP that Rev. Kusi-Boateng is involved in a conflict of interest situation.
The lawmaker says the name Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, captured as one of the owners of JNS Talent, is the same person as Rev. Kusi-Boateng.
The MP, therefore accuses the Reverend minister of using multiple identities to carry out suspicious activities. Mr. Ablakwa provided two passports with the same photographs but separate names and dates of birth. He thus accuses the pastor of using the National Cathedral Project construction for his own benefit.
But the Secretariat has in a statement explained that the GH₵2.6 million was a loan refund to JNS talent. It claims Rev. Kusi-Boateng secured that loan, and that it was credited to the firm when funds became available.
“As a normal verification – expected of a Member of Parliament – would have revealed, this was not an illegal payment but rather a refund of a short-term interest-free loan made by JNS to top up the payments to the contractors of the National Cathedral.
“This support was sought from a National Cathedral Trustee Member, Rev Kusi Boateng, in a letter dated August 26, 2021, due to a delay in the receipt of funds to pay the Contractors on time.”
The Secretariat criticized the MP for not verifying his claims and instead running to the media to make wild allegations.
However, the Secretariat did not respond to the other allegations of multiple identity and the likes made against Rev. Kusi-Boateng.
Below is the full statement and a supposed letter that requested the said loan of GHS2.6 Million
Source – Tru News Report