The National Cathedral Secretariat has rejected the reason for Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams’ and Rev. Eastwood Anaba’s departure from the Board of Trustees.
The Executive Director, Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, stated in a statement that their reasons for leaving are faulty.
The two respected clerics resigned in protest over the government’s reluctance to establish an independent accounting firm to undertake a thorough audit of all public cash contributed to the project.
Due to the difficulties that have dogged the project, priests urged for its immediate suspension and a financial examination on January 23.
They said that the suspension will open the way for greater transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people.
According to the preachers, not much has been told about their desire, therefore their resignation.
Dr. Opoku-Mensah, on the other hand, has stated that an audit has already begun, adding that Deloitte was hired in March to commence the audit, which was due to be completed in July 2023.
“The Board was constantly updated on the process through the Chairman and the Steering Committee, as well as the Executive Director’s reports of the meetings of the Board on June 5, 2023,” the statement read in parts.
Dr. Opoku-Mensah also mentioned a meeting on September 27 when the board was briefed on the status of work after many delays due to documents.
“Although Archbishop Duncan-Williams and Rev Eastwood Anaba were not present at both the June 2023 and September 2023 meetings, they and all the other Board members who were not physically present at the meeting were sent copies of all the documents for the Board meeting, including the Executive Director’s report.
“The claim that they have received no information, whatsoever, on the audit process is therefore false,” the statement added.
The two join Dr Mensa Otabil and Bishop Dag Heward Mills, who exited the board early this year.