The NPP Member of Parliament for Bortianor-Ngleshie-Amanfro, Sylvester Tetteh, has bemoaned the waste characterising the National Cathedral project.
Speaking on Peace Fm, he lamented how the government is asking individual bondholders to hold on receiving their investments whilst giving millions to the Cathedral architect, Sir David Adjaye.
“I had my own reservation about this project especially the consultancy for the drawing, for David Adjaye. I’ve said it already and I’ll repeat it again; if we need architects for the cathedral, there are lots of them in this country. Some can even decide to do it for free because it’s for the House of God but look at the cost, the amount of money we’ve given to one person in the name of architectural drawing,” he said.
” . . I support the Cathedral but there are some of the things I think it is wrong and we’ve said it one too many. He’s (Adjaye) gone with the money . . . we are now calling on a poor person to suspend his bond repayment while one person is gone with millions of dollars. Why doesn’t he return the money since the Cathedral has not been built . . . that’s how much we paid and that’s unfortunate,” he cried.
According to the Executive Director of the National Cathedral Secretariat, Dr Paul Opoku-Mensah an amount of GHȼ113m was paid directly to Sir David Adjaye.
“The total amount paid by the government of Ghana to the project is GHȼ339 million. The amount is made up of the following; amount paid directly to the secretariat is GHȼ225 million and the amount paid directly to the consultant, Adjaye Associates is GHȼ113m. The two payments total GHȼ339m,” he said.