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They are still being paid – Ablakwa blows cover on National Cathedral board members

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Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has made allegations that members of the Board of the National Cathedral Project continue to receive payments from public funds.

During an interview on TV XYZ on March 5, 2024, prior to his planned media engagement at the purportedly ‘abandoned’ site of the project, Ablakwa also advocated for the dissolution of the National Cathedral Board.

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“We are all going to see the world’s most expensive pit and we will be engaging the media and serving a clear notice that all these people keeping our money must prepare to refund our money.

“That whole National Cathedral secretariat must be dissolved. The board must be dissolved. Tomorrow, I will reveal monies that are still being paid to the board—all of them; they are still being paid,” he alleged.

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The Member of Parliament is scheduled to address the press today, March 6, 2024, at 2 pm, as indicated by a flyer shared on his social media platforms.

Accompanying his post was a caption stating his intention to engage with the media at what he termed the “World’s Most Expensive Pit,” on the same day President Akufo-Addo vowed to inaugurate his US$450 million (GHS5.7 billion) legacy cathedral, which he deems the “priority of all priorities.”

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However, the official project handle has labelled Ablakwa’s media appearance as ‘fake.’

Ablakwa has been prominently vocal among lawmakers, demanding transparency concerning the use of public funds for the cathedral project.

He has highlighted corporate governance breaches, financial irregularities, and identity fraud within the project’s Board of Trustees through social media posts.

His press engagement coincides with social media mockery directed at the government, referencing a screenshot of former finance minister Ken Ofori-Atta’s statement during a budget presentation, suggesting that the project would be inaugurated on March 6, 2024.

The project’s progress has been hindered by funding challenges, and the speculated inauguration date remains unconfirmed.

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