Parliament has directed the formation of an ad hoc committee to investigate the National Cathedral project.
The committee has also been instructed to investigate all associated issues and offer appropriate recommendations for the House’s consideration.
Following a private member’s motion made by the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, and five other minority members, the House constituted the committee.
The MPs are demanding a probe into the reasons why the project has stalled after the government pumped in about $58 million into the facility.
Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah who adopted the motion said “This motion is a very very important one and I pray that this house will approve this motion under order 919. Order 919 provides that the house at any time by motion appoint a special or Adhoc committee to investigate any matter of public importance.
“The National Cathedral project of Ghana is essentially the most expensive project in the history of Ghana. Already as we speak, this project has ballooned from 100 million to $400 million and it’s still a moving target, it is
“So far, about $58 million has been spent on the project and what we see has become a subject of considerable controversy. We only see a hole and we are not too sure really if it is $58 million that has gone into the project. We know that the project has been abandoned since March last year.”
“As we speak the cost continues to go up, there are liabilities, there are interests and suspension claims which on its own runs into about $52 million by my check,” he stated.