The Minority in Parliament will soon commence impeachment processes against President Nana Akufo-Addo over what they describe as financial breaches related to the funding of the National Cathedral of Ghana.
MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who made the disclosure in an interview with host of Dwaboase on Power FM and TV XYZ Prince Minkah, stated that the government had not been honest over the funding of the project.
He pointed to documents showing that an amount of ¢200 million has been taken from the Consolidated Fund to support the construction of the project without recourse to parliamentary processes or strict public procurement practices.
“We brought out documents to buttress the point that over $200 million had been drawn from the Consolidated Fund and some money paid to David Adjaye,” Ablakwa noted and hinted on the initiation of impeachment processes against the president of Ghana.
“there are consequences to breaching Article 178…These are not light matters; these are grave matters. The president himself, I doubt if he will escape the consequences of these acts; his leadership will come under scrutiny. We may have to initiate some impeachment votes. Fortunately, we have the numbers to start, ” he stated.
But before that, Ablakwa said the Minority had filed an urgent question in parliament to get the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to explain why he had to take funds from government coffers to finance the project without Parliamentary approval.
He also noted that the public was not donating to the project because of the controversy surrounding it.
“They have not accounted for the funds raised from private donations and and other fund raising events. If this is not some looting opportunity…by now they should have accounted for the donations on the website of the National cathedral.”
He added, “If you read the statement from them, they have admitted that fund raising has become a challenge. It is true, People are not donating because they don’t see transparency; they don’t see accountability.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA) Akosua Manu has said Ablakwa is desperately throwing everything against the construction of the National Cathedral.
This comes after Ablakwa, the Ranking Member on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, exposed the contradictions in the claim by the Secretariat of the National Cathedral of Ghana that the project is state-owned.
In a Facebook post on Monday, June 20, 2022 the MP had argued that documents in his possession show that the project is a private entity.
But Akosua Manu explained that on the issue of the incorporation of the Cathedral as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee, Mr Ablakwa has sought to paint the picture as though the cathedral by virtue of its incorporation as ‘private company’ belongs to the individuals listed on the incorporation documents to the detriment of the Republic.
“As you may be aware, churches and other religious institutions which are non-profit making and non-taxable entities are required by law to be registered as Companies limited by guarantee,” she argued in a Facebook post.
“The National Cathedral which has an object of, amongst others, operating an interdenominational church for national purposes, ought to have been registered as such.,” she added.