The MP for North Tongu once again alleged that Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta released GH¢142 million for the construction of the National Cathedral in 2020.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said the statement was about the “planned activities” of the project.
According to him, said release was at the request of the chief of staff of the presidency, Mrs. Frema Osei Opare.
In a social media post on Wednesday, June 8, the legislator said that so far GH¢200 in illegal funds have been contributed to the project.
Last talk on Akufo-Addo Cathedral.
October 29, 2020; Ken Ofori-Atta, at the request of Chief of Staff Prez Akufo-Addo, authorized the release of a gargantuan amount of GHS 142.7 million for the National Cathedral’s ‘planned activities’
200 million GHS of unconstitutional releases to date. pic.twitter.com/8BlEfKN4TJ
— Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa (@S_OkudzetoAblak) June 8, 2022
“October 29, 2020; Ken Ofori-Atta, at the request of Chief of Staff Prez Akufo-Addo, authorized the release of a gargantuan amount of GHS 142.7 million for the “planned activities” of the National Cathedral”
“200 million GHS of unconstitutional versions so far.”
The outspoken lawmaker is on a crusade against releasing unbudgeted funds for the project.
In fact, he previously claimed that the government paid GH¢32 million to Sir David Adjaye & Associates Limited in 2021.
An allegation, which the Deputy Minister of Finance, John Kumah has justified.
He said the amount was paid from the president’s office budget.
Accordingly, he declared the payment to be legal.
“Even though it cannot be counted as a line item because it does not fall under any specific MDA, it can be part of public expenditure as long as we captured it in the budget that we were going to provide funding from startup,” he said. .
Recent problems with the project
The project, over the past few days, has been subject to controversy following the release of GHC 25 million to the National Cathedral Secretariat as additional seed capital for the project by the government.
The release led to disagreements between the minority caucus in parliament and the government.
While the minority insisted that the exit should not be budgeted, the government says otherwise.