Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has welcomed the impending auditing of the controversial National Cathedral Project.
The MP, who has raised several issues of accountability about the project, wants the outcome of the audit publicized. He said this in a Facebook post on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.
“The power of the people has triggered quite some positive actions from the National Cathedral Board of Trustees. It’s obvious the suspended project will remain suspended until independent audits and various probes are concluded. Glad they will fully cooperate with the CHRAJ investigations following my petition. The Deloitte audit must be made public when completed” he stated.
Mr. Ablakwa also welcomed the Board of Trustees’ request for a parliamentary probe.
“I do hope Right Honourable Speaker Bagbin would approve our motion demanding an enquiry into the entire scandal-dominated cathedral project as submitted to his office last year. Truth, transparency, accountability and justice must always prevail both in the Kingdom of Christ and in our dear Republic. For God and Country. Ghana First.”
The MP reiterated his call for the resignation of the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng.
He also reiterated his call for the resignation of Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng from the Board of Trustees without further delay. He says, “this would be in his own interest, particularly, having regard to the additional exposés in the pipeline.”
He’s also demanding that, a certain “Shonky Cary Summers of the Nehemiah Group must refund our GHS28.2million immediately.”
The Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Rev. Kusi-Boateng, is currently at the centre of a conflict of interest allegation.
The Reverend Minister’s company is accused of receiving a questionable transfer of GHS2.6 million.
He has been dragged to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice by Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The Board of Trustees says it has resolved to subject the project to a “normal statutory audit”.
“The Board 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”, the Board through its Chairman, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah said in a statement.
It also says it is also open to an independent audit by Parliament. This follows the submission of all relevant documents to the House last December.
“In addition, the Board 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 Board of Trustees is also prepared to be subjected to any form of probe by state institutions including the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).”
Source – Tru News Report