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Nat’l Cathedral: It’s unfortunate project to thank God is embroiled in controversy – Agyeman-Duah

A Governance Expert Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah has said that the National Cathedral project has been fraught with opacity and lack of accountability.

He accused the board members of inconsistency in terms of the support that they are giving to the project.

Speaking on News 360 on TV3 Tuesday, January 17, he said “There has been a lack of accountability,  there has been a lack of transparency in the execution of the project. I think the board members themselves have not been helpful in terms of not being consistent with the kinds of support that they are providing for the cathedral.

“So, first, we can see some kinds of division within the board itself. Secondly, statements from the board and other officials of the Cathedral turn out to be contradictory and of course, when somebody comes out with revelations as Mr Ablakwa has done then we don’t get straight answers to that. So it is very unfortunate that something that was conceived to honour God has become controversial in our nation.”

On Tuesday January 17, Secretary to the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, Rev Kusi Boateng rejected the allegations made against him by North Tongu Member of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.

Mr Ablakwa had presented what he described as “unimpeachable” and “incontrovertible” evidence against him.

According to the opposition lawmaker, Rev Kusi Boateng is the third “mystery” director of JNS Talent Cantre Limited, a firm he had earlier accused of receiving GH¢2.6 million illegal cash transfer from the Secretariat.

“Unimpeachable and incontrovertible evidence confirms that Mr. Kwabena Adu Gyamfi is the famous Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng who still serves on the National Cathedral Board as an Executive Council Member/Director,” he said.

For the avoidance of doubt, he added, there is no distinct Kwabena Adu Gyamfi. Kwabena Adu Gyamfi is a criminal creation of Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng.

The two are therefore one and the same, he said.

“Rev. Victor Kusi-Boateng AKA Kwabena Adu Gyamfi thought he had outwitted every Ghanaian, particularly our authorities whom he dribbled for many years; but the day of reckoning is finally here.”

Mr Ablakwa has further petitioned the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice ( CHRAJ) to look into the matter.

But responding to him in a statement, Rev Kusi Boateng said he looks forward to CHRAJ’s probe.

“I wish to assure the public that the statement made by Mr Ablakwa are a twisted narration of events to pursue a malicious political agenda. There has never been any criminal intent nor any crime committed in my dealings with the government of Ghana or National Cathedral,” he said.

By Laud Nartey/3news.com/Ghana

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