National Cathedral: Ablakwa denies saying Akufo-Addo won’t make it to heaven

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The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has denied reports that he said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will not make it to Heaven due to the construction of the National Cathedral.

He says he has not made any such comment anywhere because he does not have the power to determine who qualifies to enter Heaven or Hell.

He explained that his issues with the construction of the cathedral have been about “the blatant constitutional violations, flagrant breach of procurement laws and misplaced priorities this time of excruciating economic crisis.”

He added “As Christians, the Biblical injunction is not to judge others and to work out our own salvation; I am not the one to ever pontificate on who qualifies to make it to Heaven or Hell.”

Mr Ablakwa earlier questioned the government for releasing an amount of ¢25million for the National Cathedral project in the midst of economic challenges.

In his view, the funds could have been used to pay trainees under the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) programme, school feeding caterers and also service personnel.

His comments come after the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Finance authorized the release of ¢25million for the construction of the National Cathedral.

A letter dated 31st March and written to the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD) by the Minister of Finance Ken Ofori Atta said “Authority is hereby granted to release the sum of 25million Ghana Cedis as additional seed money to the National Cathedral Secretariat for the construction of the National for part payment of the outstanding claim from RIBADE.”

But in a tweet reacting to this, Mr Ablakwa said “Considering the current debilitating economic crisis, why is the Akufo-Addo govt releasing a colossal GHS25million for the National Cathedral project? Shockingly, this is the same govt claiming lack of funds to pay NABCo trainees, School feeding caterers, service personnel, the 3-year no-textbooks-syndrome, etc.

“This gross lack of priority cannot be pleasing to the compassionate God we all serve. It is also important to stress that this manifestly insensitive conduct is without parliamentary approval — we shall be demanding answers in Parliament.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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