Government has unconstitutionally released Ghc200 million for National Cathedral construction – Ablakwa

On October 29, 2020, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, on the request of Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, sanctioned the transfer of Ghc142.7 million for national cathedral “scheduled operations,” according to North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

So far, he claims, Ghc200 million has been unconstitutionally released.

In a tweet, he said “Latest exposé on Akufo-Addo’s Cathedral. On October 29, 2020; Ken Ofori-Atta on the request of Prez Akufo-Addo’s Chief of Staff, authorized the release of a gargantuan GHS142.7million for national cathedral “planned activities” GHS200million of unconstitutional releases so far.”

Mr Ablakwa had previously questioned the government’s decision to provide Ghc25 million for the National Cathedral project despite the country’s economic difficulties.

The monies, he believes, might have been utilized to pay Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) trainees, school feeding caterers, and service employees.

His remarks came after the Ghanaian government sanctioned the disbursement of Ghc25 million for the construction of the National Cathedral through the Ministry of Finance.

Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta wrote a letter to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) on March 31st.

Portion of the letter read; “Authority is hereby granted to release the sum of 25million Ghana Cedis as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National for part payment of the outstanding claim from RIBADE.”

Mr Ablakwa, however, responded to this in a tweet saying; “Considering the current debilitating economic crisis, why is the Akufo-Addo govt releasing a colossal GHS25million for the National Cathedral project? Shockingly, this is the same govt claiming lack of funds to pay NABCo trainees, School feeding caterers, service personnel, the 3-year no-textbooks-syndrome, etc.”

The lawmaker hinted that, they will be demanding for answers in parliament.

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