The Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral has expressed readiness to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) as it investigates alleged corrupt practices regarding the project.
To the Board, the move will restore the trust of all Ghanaians in the activities of the Cathedral.
Board Chairman, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah in a statement issued on January 24 said the board was prepared for any form of probe.
“The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) which is the constitutionally mandated body to investigate matters of procurement and accountability in such projects, has also made the Board a respondent in its investigations into the operations of the National Cathedral project. The Board will cooperate fully with CHRAJ in its work,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Board says it has contacted Deloitte, an auditing firm to begin auditing the documents on the project.
“The Board is already in discussions to engage Deloitte, which accepted to be the auditors when the National Cathedral was registered, to commence the normal statutory audit,” the statement added.
The statement also urged Parliament to set up a commission or appoint an independent auditor to review all issues concerning the award of contracts, procurement, construction works, and financial operations of the National Cathedral project so far if it so desires.
On why the project stalled, the statement said inadequate funding brought the construction work on the project to a standstill.
“A general misunderstanding that it is the state that is fully funding the construction of the National Cathedral, and that within the challenging economic atmosphere in the country, this is misplaced.”