National Chairman of the National Democratic wants government to provide clarity on the purpose of the National Cathedral.
Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo wondered if the project was an “economic” or “Spiritual” project.
Mr. Samuel Ofosu Ampofo’s made the request in an interview with Ransford Kwesi Boakye on Radio Gold’s afternoon Political Discussion program Pampaso in the wake of claims by the Finance minister Ken Ofori Atta that the National Cathedral will pay for itself.
Mr. Ken Ofori Atta’s claim is a departure from President Akufo-Addo’s initial claim that the project was meant as his personal thanksgiving to God for granting him victory in the 2016 elections.
Five years after announcing this thanksgiving project, it has emerged that over GH¢200million of public funds on the project raising questions over whether the project was a public or private project as the expenditure was without parliamentary approval.
There are further questions over the transparency of the procurement processes that led to the use of these public funds.
Speaking in an interview with the State Broadcaster GTV Ken Ofori Atta stated “Government has spent about GH¢ 30 billion in terms of our expenditure, I think this year, we’ve spent at least GH¢ 25 million on the National Cathedral, which is one-thousandth [of the budget].”
“Is the Executive mindful of the current situation? We shouldn’t snuff out our religiousness or spirituality because we are poor. The Lord will understand if we put our widow’s mite in there”, he emphasized.