Both Rev. Eastwood Anaba, president of the Eastwood Anaba Ministries, and Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, founder and general overseer of the United Denominations of Action Chapel Churches Worldwide, have resigned from the National Cathedral Board of Trustees.
Both Reverend Anaba and Archbishop Duncan-Williams explained in a statement that the government’s failure to appoint an impartial accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to the National Cathedral was the reason for their decision to resign.
“Despite our prayers, best hopes and wishes, unfortunately, a needed audit to help restore public confidence and trust in this consequential project has not been enacted to the best of our knowledge. Since January 2023, we awaited news to no avail, regarding the finding of the audit.
“We, therefore, regret that as a matter of conscience and faith, we hereby submit to you our resignation from the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral.”
In January 2023, the two eminent clergymen demanded that work on the National Cathedral be stopped right away while the project was audited.
The two distinguished clergymen called for the project’s suspension until Ghana’s economic situation improves in a letter to the Board of Trustees. They also noted that the project’s timely completion is impossible given the country’s current economic situation.
“The current economic climate in Ghana presents obstacles to the timely construction and completion of the National Cathedral… We, therefore, resolve: 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 recognized accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to and spent by the National Cathedral,” the two clergymen said in a memo.
The National Cathedral has been the focus of discussion and controversy ever since it was first proposed as a national place of worship and a representation of Ghanaians’ pride and unity.