- Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has dropped new bombshells about the controversial National Cathedral project
- The opposition NDC MP for North Tongu disclosed in a Facebook post on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, that he and his "international partners" have made scandalous discoveries about the project
- Among other things, the MP disclosed that the National Cathedral project is incorporated in the United States of America under a different name with a fraudulent address
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A fierce critic of the National Cathedral project, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has released what he says is the first of a series of bombshells he intends to release about the project in the coming days.
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for North Tongu has made a riveting exposé on Facebook on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
He said he made the new discoveries about the controversy-hit National Cathedral project after a trip to the United States of America.
He explained that he and his "international partners" made the scandalous findings from the investigations into the National Cathedral's operations in the United States of America.
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The following is a chronology of the five key things the outspoken MP's long post on Facebook disclosed:
1. The project is incorporated in the US state of Washington DC under a different name
The MP said investigations about the project in the US indicate that the project has been incorporated in the US state of Washington DC under the name "National Cathedral of Ghana and Bible Museum Foundation, Inc".
However, this name is different from what was incorporated in Ghana some two years earlier (on July 18, 2020), which is the "National Cathedral of Ghana."
He disclosed that the project incorporated in the US had an effective date of May 3, 2021, on its Certificate of Incorporation and was signed by Josef G. Gasimov, Superintendent of Corporations, Corporations Division.
2. None of the respected clerics listed as members of the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral were listed in the US documents
He disclosed further that the prominent clerics who serve as Trustees of the National Cathedral in Ghana are not listed in the articles of incorporation neither are they listed as "governors" in documents submitted to the US authorities. Ablakwa explained that:
In US, the corporate term 'governor' typically refers to a member of the board of directors.
Publishing what he said is evidence of his claim along with the Facebook post, he disclosed that the names of governors and authorised persons as contained in the "Two-Year Report for Domestic & Foreign Filing Entity" were as follows:
- Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah
- Eric Okyere Darko
- Dr. Vernon Darko
He added that only one of the three names listed as trustee in the US documentation matched with the registration documents of the National Cathedral of Ghana.
"We know Dr Paul Opoku-Mensah as the Executive Director of the National Cathedral Secretariat. However, it is unclear why the government preferred Mr Eric Okyere Darko and Dr Vernon Darko over and above the prominent clergy serving on the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral of Ghana," he quizzed.
3. Address of the National Cathedral project in the US is "fraudulent"
According to Ablakwa, equally strange is his discovery of the disparity between the addresses provided on the actual “National Cathedral of Ghana" website and those provided to US authorities as the official address of the National Cathedral of Ghana and Bible Museum Foundation, Inc. He stated that this borders on criminality.
Ablakwa posted the following on Facebook:
The advertised address is: National Cathedral of Ghana and Bible Museum Foundation, Inc. 1090 Vermont AVE NW, Washington, DC 20005.
"Meanwhile, the incorporated name has never existed at that address," Ablakwa said.
4. The "consultant" who was paid $6 million does not operate from listed address
Ablakwa disclosed that he was astounded to find that one Cary Lee Summers, a man described as a consultant with the Nehemiah Group and paid $6 million by the government of Ghana does not and has never had an office at the address stated on the official documents.
"On the 'National' Cathedral website, the website of Nehemiahgroup.io and with official documents filed with US authorities, Cary Lee Summers provided this address for his Nehemiah Group: 3119 S Scenic Ave, Suite A, Springfield, MO 65807.
"When we arrived at that address, there was nothing about the Nehemiah Group. We surprisingly saw quite a ramshackle warehouse with the inscription: Churchill Coffee Company, Wholesale Division," Ablakwa disclosed.
He said while standing at the warehouse and assessing the area, Cary Lee Summers stepped out of the building and made it into his photos. He attached the photo of Summers entering his car from the building in casual attire.
5. Identity of two men in US incorporation documents disclosed
Finally, the opposition MP disclosed that his checks have found more about the identities of the two hitherto unknown people listed on the incorporation documents of the National Cathedral project.
"Eric Okyere Darko was appointed to the Board of the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF) by President Akufo-Addo and sworn in by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta on October 12, 2021. A few months after, he was listed as one of three governors of the National Cathedral of Ghana and Bible Museum Foundation, Inc," he said.
According to Ablakwa, Eric Okyere Darko was also one of the lawyers for Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, in his case against investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Also, Dr. Vernon Darko is the founder and CEO of EQUIPXP® (EXP), a small business exporter.
"It is not clear what his usefulness will be to a National Cathedral project," Ablakwa stated.
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YEN.com.gh reported in a previous story that Minority MPs have blocked the allocation of GH¢80 million for the controversial national cathedral project at the committee level.
The Trade and Industry Committee voted against the allocation for the cathedral project by an 11 to 10 majority decision.
Minority MPs say the country does not need such a cash-demanding project considering its current economic situation.
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Also, in a previous story, YEN.com.gh reported that Akufo-Addo said he won't stop the cathedral project despite the wild opposition from civil society and some members of the public.
He said those who are fighting him over the construction of the project are Sanballats and Tobiahs from the Bible.
These biblical characters tried repeatedly to destroy the Prophet Nehemiah was set to accomplish and attempted to lure him into a meeting where they could harm him.
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