Two eminent clergymen and members of the Board of Trustees of the controversial National Cathedral project, Archbishop Duncan Williams and Reverend Eastwood Anaba, have called for the immediate suspension of the project pending an independent audit.
The two say their call is based on the controversies surrounding the project.
According to them, the suspension will pave the way for transparency and accountability to be provided to the Ghanaian people.
Their demand was contained in a memo sent to the Board of Trustees on Monday, January 23.
Duncan-Williams, head of the Action Chapel and Eastwood Anaba of Eastwood Anaba Ministries called for an independent audit into the expenditures of the project.
The two respected preachers said the auditor(s) must be one that is nationally recognised. “That in the spirit and cause of transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people, the current Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral shall appoint an independent, nationally recognised accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to and spent by the National Cathedral.
“Auditors will also audit the overall cost of the project. This appointment of an auditor shall take place before the deferment of activities of the Board of Trustees,” excerpts of the memo said.
Meanwhile, the two men of God also said the project should not continue until the economic conditions in the country is improved.
“That current activities advancing the construction of Ghana’s National Cathedral shall be deferred until the atmospherics in Ghana are improved and the audit of the Cathedral account is done,” excerpts of the memo added.
The National Cathedral Project has been one of the most controversial public issues since the project was first announced by President Akufo-Addo.
Apart from questions of accountability which have been repeatedly raised by the Minority in Parliament, there have also been concerns about the relevance of the project, in the face of the country’s economic crisis.
Amidst the plethora of issues, founder of the LightHouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, resigned from the Cathedral’s Board of Trustee in August 2022.