Vice President Bawumia urges clergy to collaborate with government in completing National Cathedral project

Vice President Bawumia urges clergy to collaborate with government in completing National Cathedral project

The Vice President, Dr , has called on the clergy to collaborate with the government to find a way forward in completing the controversial project.

Speaking at a meeting with the clergy in the Greater Region, Dr Bawumia emphasised the importance of the project for Ghana.

Dr Bawumia expressed optimism that a collective effort can find a solution, saying “if we all come together, we will figure it out.”

“I think if we all come together we will figure it out because we cannot leave it where it is,” he added.

Background

The building of the Cathedral is in fulfillment of a pledge President claimed to have made to God before winning the 2016 elections.

The 5,000-seater auditorium Cathedral project will also bequeath to the country a gracious national park for all Ghanaians, bring new skills, technology and jobs to the country and act as a beacon to national, regional and international tourists.

In 2021, the Finance Minister, announced that the government will commission the ongoing National Cathedral project on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, but that did not happen as work on the project has stalled with millions of dollars already spent on it.

Aside from the lack of funds to continue the project, the project's construction has been embroiled in a lot of controversy with the National Cathedral Secretariat accused of misapplying the funds.

A member of the board of the project, Rev. Kusi Boateng has been dragged to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice () to be investigated over an alleged conflict of interest, including possession of multiple identities and other alleged criminal dealings.

The petitioner, MP for , Samuel , alleged among other things that there was a transfer of GH¢2.6 million from the National Cathedral Secretariat to JNS Talent Centre Limited owned by Rev. Kusi Boateng under a secondary identity – Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.

Mr Ablakwa said the petition was seeking to invoke the mandate of CHRAJ under Article 218 of the 1992 Constitution to investigate the “odious conflict of interest” with regard to Rev. Boateng's position on the National Cathedral board as he “literally paid his own company a staggering GH¢2.6 million for no work done”.

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