The National Cathedral Secretariat has dismissed claims of corruption and malpractice in the ongoing construction of the National Cathedral, addressing concerns raised by critics and former members of the project's Board of Trustees.
In a statement, the Executive Director of the National Cathedral Secretariat, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, refuted allegations of corruption and assured the public of the project's accountability and transparency.
“The idea that a project of this nature would not want to be accountable, I cannot understand it, I cannot fathom it. This audit notwithstanding, I want to state categorically that there's no criminality. We have implemented the project with integrity, including accounting for all the funds from the state to the National Cathedral Project,” Dr. Opoku-Mensah emphasized.
He reiterated the Secretariat's commitment to accountability, highlighting that all financial transactions related to the cathedral's construction have been disclosed to Parliament.
While addressing concerns about a temporary construction delay, Dr. Opoku-Mensah reassured the public that efforts were underway to secure historical artefacts for the cathedral's museum and gardens, emphasizing the project's continued activity.
The National Cathedral, envisioned as a symbol of national unity and a place of worship for Ghanaians, has faced criticism and controversy since its inception.
The recent resignations of prominent figures from the Board of Trustees, including Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba, have further intensified the scrutiny surrounding the project.
The reassurances provided by the National Cathedral Secretariat aim to quell doubts and restore public confidence in the project's integrity and purpose.