Archbishop Duncan Williams and Eastwood Anaba advocate for halting the construction of the National Cathedral.
The National Cathedral project in Ghana has come under intense scrutiny in recent months, with many calling for transparency and accountability in the use of public funds for the project. The men of God involved in the project have responded by calling for an independent audit to be conducted. In a memo sent to the Secretariat of the Cathedral, they stated that the suspension of activities of the Board of Trustees will pave the way for transparency and accountability to be provided to the Ghanaian people.
The memo stated, “That in the spirit and cause of transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people, the current Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral shall appoint an independent, nationally recognised accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to and spent by the National Cathedral. Auditors will also audit the overall cost of the project. This appointment of an auditor shall take place before the deferment of activities of the Board of Trustees.”
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, has also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the National Cathedral project. In an interview with Joy News, he stated that the government must find a way to build the cathedral. He acknowledged that the project had become an inflammatory topic, but emphasized the importance of authenticity of spirituality in what they do. He also stated that the government will find a way to get around the financial issues surrounding the project.
Reverend Joyce Aryee, a Trustee of the Cathedral, also spoke on the financial aspects of the project. She stated that the board of the cathedral does not know how much money the government has invested in the project. According to her, the trustees were assigned to raise funds while the government will also support them with other resources to build the cathedral.
Overall, it is clear that there are calls for transparency and accountability in the use of public funds for the National Cathedral project. The men of God involved in the project have called for an independent audit to be conducted, and the government has stated that they will find a way to make the project happen. However, there are still questions surrounding the financial aspects of the project, with some trustees not having knowledge of how much money the government has invested in the project. It remains to be seen how these issues will be resolved in the coming months.