National Cathedral: Appeal Court Judge Allegedly Resigned In Protest Of Notice To Vacate His Bungalow

National Cathedral: Appeal Court Judge Allegedly Resigned In Protest Of Notice To Vacate His Bungalow

  • MP for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has revealed that Ghana lost a respected judge at the Appeal Court bench because of the National Cathedral project
  • According to the opposition MP, Justice Saeed Kweku Gyan resigned because he did not support the decision to destroy his home to make way for the project
  • The judge, Mr Ablakwa revealed, was honoured in 2013 by Ghana Bar Association for his uprightness and will to resist corruption

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An astute Appeal Court judge reportedly resigned from the bench in 2018 to protest Nana Akufo-Addo's decision to break judges' bungalows for the National Cathedral project.

National Cathedral judges building
L-R: The project site of the National Cathedral and the judges' bungalow being destroyed. Source: UGC/@okudzetoablakwa
Source: UGC

According to MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Justice Saeed Kweku Gyan was among the many judges who tried to fight back a notice to vacate their official bungalows for demolishing but didn't get the support they had hoped for.

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The opposition MP for North Tongu described Justice Gyan as reputable and incorruptible.

"This was a judge the Ghana Bar Association conferred a rare honour at its 2012/2013 Annual General Conference, celebrating him for his' uprightness and will to resist corruption in the discharge of his duties.'

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"Other nations would have done everything in their power to protect and encourage a jewel like Justice Saeed Kweku Gyan, but here in Ghana, he was hounded out and his incorruptible career on the bench literally 'demolished.'
"When we reflect on the many physical demolishings that have been carried out to fulfill the President's personal pledge, let us not forget the many careers, dreams and multitudes of jobs that have been equally demolished," Mr Ablakwa posted on Facebook on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

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Mr Ablakwa remains one of the most outspoken critics of the National Cathedral project. In the last couple of weeks, he has published documents to support his position that the project is ill-conceived and lacks transparency.

One of such documents captures the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta directing the Controller and Accountant-General's Department to release GH¢25 million of state money as seed money for the project.

Mr Ablakwa and his colleagues on the Minority side in Parliament think the directive was illegal because it didn't get the approval of the Legislature as stipulated by law.

They also say that although President Nana Akufo-Addo had said in the past that he would use donations from churches and the general public to erect the mammoth edifice, he was stealthily dipping his hands in state coffers.

Mr Ablakwa has said he is particularly worried that there is no evidence of work done on the project site, although the government has already released more than GH¢200 million.

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National Cathedral: Captain Smart hints Duncan Williams, Eastwood Anaba, Heward-Mills may resign from board' has reported in a related story that Journalist, Blessed Godsbrain Smart, popularly known as Captain Smart, has suggested that three respected members of the religious community in Ghana may also leave the board of the National Cathedral.

According to the Onua TV journalist, the following great men of God may be leaving the board soon:

  • Presiding Archbishop and General Overseer of the Action Chapel International (ACI), Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams;
  • Founder and Presiding Bishop of the United Denominations Originating from the Lighthouse Group of Churches (UD-OLGC), formerly Lighthouse Chapel International, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills; and
  • Founder and President of Eastwood Anaba Ministries (EAM), Joseph Eastwood Anaba.

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