We have no information on construction of National Cathedral – PPA confirms

National Cathedral project
National Cathedral project

The Public Procurement Authority (PPA) has confirmed that, there is no official information and documents relating to the construction of the National Cathedral project. According the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), they have no information nor holds same regarding the National Cathedra project by RIBADE Company Limited.

The revelation was made in a letter writing by the PPA’s Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Mante to the Member of Parliament for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa in a response to a Right to Information (RTI) request filed by the MP.

Mr. Ablakwa, who has frontiers the fight on illegal and unconstitutional use of state money by the current government towards the construction of National Cathedral including exposé on key documents on the subjects matter has, in a statement said, there is just no end in sight to the extremely putrefying and ungodly National Cathedral scandal.

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On the 4th of July, 2022, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa decided to make a formal RTI request under Section 18 of Act 989 to the Public Procurement Authority to establish the procurement status regarding the construction of the National Cathedral by RIBADE Company Limited. (See copy of his request attached).

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Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said, to his utter shock, the PPA’s Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Mante, responded in a 5th July, 2022 letter that it “holds no information relating to the construction of the National Cathedral by Ribade Company Ltd.” (See attached).

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The Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs Committee again said, it is absolutely despicable to discover the sinful levels of recklessness and lawlessness which the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government is exhibiting in the construction of a massive US$400 million cathedral which has already siphoned a colossal GH¢200 million of public funds, albeit unconstitutionally, without any regard, whatsoever, for Ghana’s procurement laws.

Section 14(2)(e) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) is unambiguous that state owned enterprises to the extent that they utilise public funds are subject to Act 663.

It is also instructive to note that Section 14(1)(a) of Act 663 makes clear that Ghana’s procurement laws apply once the project is financed in whole or in part from public funds.

Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa again disclosed that, there is also no evidence that Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta followed due process to make an exception as provided for under the law after his painstaking checks of all Gazette publications as demanded by Section 14(3) of Act 663.

“Additionally, it is obvious from the PPA response to my RTI request that their board have granted no waiver or ratification as they may consider under exceptional circumstances.”

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“When procurement laws are not respected and cronies are handpicked in sweetheart deals as in this instant case, there is no value for money, Ghana is shortchanged financially and technically; this therefore explains why the National Cathedral project cost has become a corrupt moving target from the initial US$100 million, to US$200 million, then US$250 million, rising to US$350 million and now US$400 million.”

“This is yet another significant addition to the already countless cases of flagrant violation of the 1992 Constitution and other laws of Ghana, ironically in a temple project which should have edified God. Even people who build for Satan do not engage in such a lawless orgy.”

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“It must not be lost on us that this Akufo-Addo government has prosecuted political opponents and succeeded in jailing some, and then serving as an elated conveyor belt in a conspiracy that removed an Electoral Commissioner from office, all for alleged procurement breaches — none of those procurement infractions measure up to this egregious transgression.”

“On judgement day, there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa said.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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