“The architect and the land—the site for the national cathedral—had already been chosen by the president before the trustees were appointed by the president. All the trustees were aware of this,” Apostle Opoku Onina said in a statement responding to claims by Lighthouse Chapel International founder Doug Heward-Mills in his resignation letter.
“Selection of the contractor – RIBADE – for the project, through a rigorous international procurement process overseen by the Lead Consultant, whose contract included the selection of the contractor for approval by the Board of Trustees. The selection of the contractor for the costing and planning of the project was led by the project’s lead consultant, as well as a board including experienced Ghanaian professionals in the building and construction industry. A Technical Committee officially appointed by the Trustees.
According to Apostle Opoku Oninah, none of the members of the board of trustees have their preferences, methods or approaches accepted by other members of the board.
“A key strength of the National Cathedral Project is the Board of Trustees, which is made up of some of the most prominent, pioneering leaders of the Church in Ghana and whose work is contributing to improved inter-church relations in the country. These Church leaders, the Board of Trustees, have led and/or led vibrant churches with global reach and influence.
“These churches and their leaders have deep theological differences, but also different understandings and approaches to the development of a national cathedral. The challenge of such a group is that individual leaders, with a history of implementing their own organizational/denominational programs and vision, have a collective decision-making process where their preferences do not always prevail. To be part of. In particular, it means that no leader can accept all their preferences, ways and means. In this changed and unfamiliar environment, some want to leave the trusteeship.
The statement comes days after Bishop Heward-Mills resigned, accusing the leadership of the national cathedral of ignoring concerns in several letters he wrote about costs, design, location, fundraising and furnishing of churches. Role of Trustees.
Read the full statement below