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Lawmaker Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has disclosed the cost incurred so far on “the most expensive pit in the world” is still adding up a year after works on the National Cathedral project was suspended.

The North Tongu Member of Parliament has revealed there are some judgement debts to be paid the contractor, RIBADE Company Ltd.

State of the $58 million cathedral

Exactly a year after the contractor left site for lack payment of funds, the MP says some more millions have been accumulated to be paid by the state as “abortive and rework costs” as a result of the project suspension.

“Today marks exactly one year since the main “National” Cathedral contractor, RIBADE COMPANY LTD abandoned the project and terminated its agreement with workers due to lack of payment despite government’s massive unconstitutional withdrawals.

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“RIBADE left behind what has become infamously known as the world’s most expensive pit after government spent some GHS339,003,064.86 (US$58.1million) of our taxes.

“But that is not the full story about this national catastrophe. Many Ghanaians will be even more outraged to discover that per the contract between government and RIBADE, this one year suspension comes at considerable cost to the already suffering Ghanaian taxpayer. RIBADE is now entitled to “Abortive and re-works costs due to main contractor suspension” and other “Standing time claims” which experts say run into additional millions of US Dollars. (See summary of contract obligations attached),” a tweet the MP made contained.

According to him, “for a country declared bankrupt, defaulting on its loans and struggling to pay for childhood vaccines, it is both reckless and unconscionable that President Akufo-Addo refuses to abrogate all these costly cathedral contracts (particularly that of RIBADE and David Adjaye) so we can salvage what’s left of the economy he has terribly mismanaged by championing castle-in-the-air projects such as the “National” Cathedral project which overall will cost suffocating Ghanaian taxpayers over US$1billion.”

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Mr. Ablakwa has therefore advised the government and the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral to “act NOW. One year of remarkable inactivity is enough proof that Akufo-Addo’s “priority of priorities” is going nowhere.”

By Felix Anim-Appau|