The President’s silence on the National Cathedral shows he has been embarrassed – Hon. Ablakwa

According to North Tongu Member of Parliament Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has remained silent on the current concerns surrounding the National Cathedral project because he is embarrassed by the revelations.

While speaking on TV3’s New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on Tuesday June 21, he was asked if he was surprised that the President had remained silent on the issue; “I am not surprised that he is quiet because he has been embarrassed, it is a shame”, he said.

He went on to say that it’s a shame that the National Cathedral project, which is being carried out in the name of the Lord, has been marred by deception and flagrant disdain for the law.

“We are unravelling a lot of mysteries. It’s been a shame that a project [National cathedral] that is done in the name of the Holy Lord has been emerged in all these deception and blatant disregard of our laws,”

Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa previously stated in a statement that the enterprise is still drowning in a sea of deceit.

After the National Cathedral Secretariat explained that the project was public, not private, he made his remarks.

The Secretariat in a statement on Friday, June 17 explained the argument over whether the project is state-owned or privately-owned saying; “In his first official announcement on the project on March 6, 2017 the President underscored the nature of the project as a national cathedral for interdenominational worship services for the nation.

“Subsequent elaborations, led to three main reasons as the rationale for the project, namely i) gesture of thanksgiving ii) symbol of the Christian presence and contributions to the nation, and iii) a personal pledge to God. Of these three reasons, the personal pledge came to be associated with the Cathedral as a “private” project that needed to be developed without state support.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the National Cathedral is a National Monument, and thus a public, not private, project. Legally, the National Cathedral of Ghana is a state-owned company limited by guarantee, and was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179) on July 18, 2019. We hope this brings to a closure the seemingly vexatious issue of whether the National Cathedral is a private or public initiative. The National Cathedral is a National Monument and Asset, and not a Private project. It is, however being developed in partnership between the state and the church,” a statement by the Secretariat on Friday June 17 said.”

Mr Ablakwa reacted to this statement on Tuesday, June 21 saying; “Incorporation documents I have obtained from the Registrar General exposes another false claim contained in the 7-page June 17, 2022 press release by the National Cathedral Secretariat and signed by Executive Director, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah.

“Contrary to the information provided in the said press statement (see page 5) and on the Nicodemusly updated national cathedral website (after we exposed the the Pastor Otabil deception), to the effect that all the Board of Trustees have been registered as Directors of the National Cathedral of Ghana; we note surprisingly, that the venerable Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Presiding Bishop of the Lighthouse Group of Churches and the esteemed Rev. Prof. Cephas Omenyo, Former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church were not registered as directors on the incorporation date of 18th July, 2019.

“The two revered clergymen have at all material times been clearly left out, and substituted with the following names: Samuel Antwi and Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah. Why then is the National Cathedral Secretariat misleading the Ghanaian public and the world that all the published trustees are registered as directors?”

He added “One wonders if Bishop Dag Heward-Mills and Rev. Prof. Cephas Omenyo are aware that despite the public misrepresentations, their names have been patently omitted from the list of eminent registered directors?

“Another troubling falsehood we have detected is that even though the June 17 press release claims that the National Cathedral of Ghana is a ‘state-owned company’ and thus a ‘public and not a private’ entity, the incorporation documents in our possession reveals rather curiously that the National Cathedral of Ghana is registered as PRIVATE (see evidence attached).

“The list of falsehoods, misrepresentations, opacity, lawlessness and blatant corruption associated with this cathedral project is now a bottomless pit.

“Christians in Ghana may have to declare a 40-day intense fasting and prayer to purge and rescue Akufo-Addo’s drowning cathedral of lies.”

Source: 3news

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