The North Tongu legislator is at it again. As many thought the subject of the national cathedral was dead and gone, the controversial MP has resurrected it with fresh revelations. The MP in a Facebook post intercepted by CitizenOne said he requested for information about the cathedral from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) but was told they don't have it. The MP added that the law requires that PPA keeps information about any project that is being financed fully or partly by the state. He said this is supposed to be done at the beginning of the construction of the project. But this has not been the case. This means the project is purely a private project in the estimation of the MP. Check the post below.
"There is just no end in sight to the extremely putrefying and ungodly National Cathedral scandal.
On the 4th of July, 2022, I 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 my request attached).
To my 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.
It is absolutely despicable to discover the sinful levels of recklessness and lawlessness which the Akufo-Addo government is exhibiting in the construction of a massive US$400million cathedral which has already siphoned a colossal GHS200million 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.
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 my 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.
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$100million, to US$200miilion, then US$250million, rising to US$350million and now US$400million.
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."
Ablakwa has been very vocal since the cathedral scandal broke up. He has been exposing members of the trustees and disclosing those who had resigned. He commended Dr. Mensah Otabil for taking a bold step to resign while encouraging the others to emulate same to keep themselves clean.
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