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North Tongu MP reveals more ‘bombshells’ in National Cathedral Scandals in the US

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MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has released the third episode of his series on the “National Cathedral Scandals – American Edition”. The Ranking Member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ghana’s Parliament, recently visited the United States of America where he gathered evidence about the ongoing National Cathedral of Ghana project. According to the MP, the evidence he gathered from two US states of Oklahoma and Illinois reveal deeply distressing findings about the project. The Secretariat of the project has responded to the allegations made by the MP and refuted them on each occasion.

Ablakwa, in his latest episode, revealed that the official address of the National Cathedral of Ghana in Washington, D.C., which is 1090 Vermont Avenue NW, has turned out to be fictitious. He also stated that Dr. Vernon Darko, Eric Okyere Darko, and Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah were named as directors in defiance of an earlier advice from the Attorney General during the renewal of registration of the fundraising documents in Oklahoma.

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Furthermore, Ablakwa revealed that Dr. Vernon Darko was registered as President in Illinois, and asked several questions about his position. He wondered how Dr. Vernon Darko became President of a national project abroad, who appointed him to that position, how he derives his authority, how he is accountable to Ghanaians, and why Parliament is not aware of his exalted status. He also asked why Ghana’s two diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. and New York are playing no role in the project.

Ablakwa accused the trio of declaring $63,978 as raised funds, which has never been disclosed to Ghanaians and is not contained in any of the reports to Parliament. He asked where the money is and what it was used for, and when Ghanaians will know the total amount of funds raised across the US. He also questioned how credible that figure will be, given the levels of opacity, structural illegalities, and abysmal corporate governance in the project.

For the most part, Ablakwa’s latest revelations raise serious concerns about the transparency and accountability of the National Cathedral of Ghana project. It also highlights the need for more oversight and scrutiny from Parliament and other relevant bodies to ensure that the project is being conducted in a lawful and ethical manner. The MP’s findings also call into question the role of Ghana’s diplomatic missions in the US and their responsibilities regarding the project. It remains to be seen how the Cathedral Secretariat will respond to these latest allegations.

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