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Mahama calls for value-for-money audit of National Cathedral project

After calling for the public funding of the National Cathedral project to stop, Former President John Mahama has called for a value-for-money audit of the construction.

In a post on Facebook, Mr. Mahama said the audit would lend some credibility to the project and make it easier for Christians to contribute.

The project has been marred in controversy this year because of Ghana’s economic struggles amid the government spending state fund on it.

“The public funding of the national cathedral, particularly at this time, must stop. Being a Christian myself, and deeply appreciative of the centrality of God in nation building, I agree with most Ghanaians who believe that the project cannot constitute a top priority of government at this moment, warranting further injection of scarce public funds,” Mr. Mahama wrote in his post.

“Because of the non-transparency of the processes and procurements associated with the project, I believe that the cathedral project should be subjected to a value-for-money audit in other to open the way for believers who wish to contribute to its construction to do so.

Construction work on the National Cathedral was suspended earlier in 2022 because of a lack of funds.

The $450 million project was envisioned by the government in March 2017 as a physical embodiment of national unity, harmony, and spirituality.

It remains unclear how much has been pumped into the project from donations and government support.

As of June 2022, various church denominations had contributed GH¢2.21 million towards the construction.

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