Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongue, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has refuted claims by Government Spokespersons that, the National Cathedral project has commenced operation and not abandoned anymore.
In a social media post, the lawmaker who has been on the head of government for the construction indicated, “recent claims by government propagandists that work has resumed on Akufo-Addo’s scandalous US$450million cathedral are ABSOLUTELY FALSE. Latest drone footage captured a few minutes ago by SOA Oversight confirms that the world’s most expensive pit remains abandoned.”
It further added, “Let’s be clear — refusal to retrieve our GHS339million of taxpayer funds from David Adjaye, Cary Summers, Victor Kusi Boateng/Kwabena Adu Gyamfi and others would surely render the world’s most expensive pit a dead project.”
In March 2015, the Minority Caucus in Parliament urged government to abrogate immediately the project to stop the project from imposing more financial burden on the Ghanaian taxpayer.
It said March 14, 2023, marked exactly a year when the main contractor working on the project abandoned the site and thus steps must be taken to mitigate the escalating cost.
It added that as long as the contractors-RIBADE Construction Limited and David Adjaye and Association– continued to hold valid contracts, the project would still impose an extra cost burden on the Ghanaian taxpayer.
“One year is enough for the Akufo-Addo government to terminate this contract, which per our analysis, will cost the Ghanaian taxpayer over $1 billion,” it stated.
Read Ablakwa’s recent post below: