Friday, 19 July

Gov’t has released ₵339 million for National Cathedral project so far – Abena Osei Asare

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Ms. Asare provided additional details on the project’s financial oversight, noting that a value-for-money audit had been completed in 2021

The government has confirmed that over GHS339 million has been expended on the National Cathedral project, which has faced significant delays and ongoing controversy since its inception.

This revelation came during a session in Parliament on Wednesday, 3 July 2024, as Abena Osei Asare, Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, responded to a query from Deputy Majority Leader Patricia Appiagyei.

“The total releases made for the National Cathedral by the government to date remain at GHS339 million,” Minister Asare disclosed. “This figure comprises GHS225 million paid to the National Cathedral Secretariat, and GHS113 million paid directly to the project consultant.”

Ms. Asare provided additional details on the project’s financial oversight, noting that a value-for-money audit had been completed in 2021, and a new statutory audit by Deloitte Ghana commenced in July 2023.

 “Auditors had concluded the audit of the 18-month account ended December 31, 2020. Meanwhile, preparations are in place for the auditors to complete the remaining accounts for the periods ended December 31, 2021, 2022, and 2023,” she stated.

The National Cathedral project, launched in 2020, has been a focal point of national debate, with critics questioning both the timing and necessity of the grand structure amidst various socio-economic challenges. The project has been marred by delays and controversies over the management of public funds.

The Minister’s update comes at a time when discussions about the project’s future and the appropriate use of public funds are intensifying.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku