North Tongu Member of Parliament (MP), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has said the National Cathedral being constructed by president Akufo-Addo is resulting in Judgment debt and conflict among institutions under the same government.
Mr Ablakwa made the comments when he was speaking on the New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on TV3 Tuesday, June 21 following revalidations of “falsehood surounding the project”, according to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He said he was not surprised that the president is dead silent on the matter, since the NDC MPs, led by him, Ablakwa started the revelations few weeks ago on the national cathedral.
“I am not surprised he ( President Akufo-Addo) is quite, because he has been embarrassed. He has been exposed. What really is he going to say? I am sure he must be feeling shame. Look! The Chief Justice has failed ECOWAS Bank for investment and people of Ghana. Because really when people hear this…”, the North Tongu legislator said.
“You had the judicial training institute, and you bring it down, raised it to the ground. And then you are chasing us for loans. Really? So it is not going on well. It now approaching the world Bank. And interestingly the land they want to site it belongs to SNIIT. SNIIT is also demanding payment. So look at the mess! And then the private developers on their way to court. Judgement debt. Same government. Top government officials fighting”, he added.
He hinted that the minority MPs are going to dig further to get to the bottom of the issue, indicating that they’re not satisfied with the outcome so far.
“We are still probing. We are still digging. We are still unraveling mysteries surrounding the the project. It is really a shame that a project which is being done in the name of the holy Lord has been submerged in all of this controversy. All this illegality. All this unconstitutional ism. All this naked deception. And blatant disregard for our laws is really a mind-blowing. If there is one project in this country which should be approached with outmost purity and outmost integrity should be this cathedral. But unfortunately it is not”, the MP stated.
According to him, future NDC government will conduct a scientific survey on the National Cathedral project to sample the views of Ghanaians regarding whether or not the project is needed before a decision is taken to discontinue it or otherwise.
Asked whether an NDC government will continue the National Cathedral project, Mr Ablakwa while speaking on the New Day show with Johnnie Hughes on TV3 Tuesday, June 21 answered: “The National Democratic Congress, as our name implies, is a national party. We are democrats. We will go to the people and ask for their position. There will be a scientific way of hearing from the people and doing what pleases the people. Fortunately for our country, the majority are Christians, more than 70 per cent. We will go to them and ask them what should be our marching orders.
“Remember that this pledge was not even in the NPP manifesto. The president has sprung this huge surprise on us and it has become such a major financial burden. What it has destroyed in its wake, all of these demolitions, now we are looking for loans and we are all over the place. What the NDC will do is to go back to the people for the people to decide on what is to be done.”
He further said that it is a shame that the National cathedral project that is done in the name of the Holy Lord has been immersed in all these deception and disregard for the laws.
“We are unravelling a lot of mysteries. It’s been a shame that a project [National cathedral] that is done in the name of the Holy Lord has been immersed in all these deception and blatant disregard of our laws,” he said.
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