The member of Parliament for North Tongu Constituency Honorable Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has alleged that, the Akufo-Addo government has spent a mind-blowing GHS199,832,603 on the construction of the National Cathedral.
In a post shared on his official Facebook page today, Okudzeto wrote that he is making more revelations on unconstitutional payments by the Akufo-Addo government purportedly to finance a Cathedral project.
According to him, On 29th October, 2020—few weeks to the national elections, Ken Ofori-Atta, acting on a request by President Akufo-Addo’s Chief of Staff, authorized the release of a gargantuan GHS142,762,500.00 for national cathedral “planned activities.”
He added that it is of considerable consternation to note that contrary to legal requirements, government concealed this ginormous GHS142.7million from Parliament as they deliberately failed to disclose this item as part of their Expenditure Returns of 2020 during the 2021 Budget consideration in Parliament.
Okudzeto further alleged that the 2020 cathedral expenditure was also kept away from the Auditor-General in his 2020 audit.
“So far, adding this latest exposé to our previous leaks, the Akufo-Addo government has spent a mind-boggling GHS199,832,603.00 of taxpayer funds on a cathedral which was originally presented to Ghanaians as a personal pledge to God that will not be executed with taxpayer funds.” He alleged.
This GHS200million cathedral-gate has turned out to be the biggest presidential scandal in Ghana’s entire history.
“It is terribly shocking how our President and his men could engage in such ungodly, illegal and insensitive conduct. They seem to have absolutely no fear of God?
Clearly, in the name of a cathedral project, a corrupt slush fund has been created to siphon taxpayer funds from the suffering masses on the blind side of Parliament, the Auditor-General, CSOs and other accountability systems.”
He revealed that, all these illegal diversions took place when government was engaged in massive vote-buying to win the 2020 elections; it was also the period COVID-19 had peaked and placed enormous pressure on our health delivery as many Ghanaians died, and yet President Akufo-Addo claimed he couldn’t find the resources to fulfill his Agenda 111 pledge of building new hospitals.
I have no doubt in my mind that were Jesus Christ to return to Earth at this moment, He will pick up His whip again and visit Ghana’s cathedral construction site as He did to those who corrupted His Temple in Jerusalem. Okudzeto ended.