Bright Simons, honorary vice president of IMANI-Africa, claims the architect directing the National Cathedral has been paid $6 million even though no real work has been done.
Bright Simons tweeted an overhead shot of the National Cathedral and inquired why the project’s architect got $6 million.
He stated project management issues plague the National Cathedral.
Aerial view of Ghana's National Cathedral. Please, where in the world, much less in the developing world, can a supervising architect take $6 million for a project that is at this stage of construction? A project beset with project management challenges? pic.twitter.com/Eklt35IisB
— Bright Simons (@BBSimons) June 9, 2022
Meanwhile, construction on the National Cathedral has halted months after project contractors RIBADE Company LTD reportedly laid off 200 employees due to a shortage of cash.
After spending roughly GH200 million on the project, the government halted construction at the foundation level.
A March 14, 2022 letter issued by project manager Grant Ramsay instructed staff to surrender all property to Human Resources.
It said it was just complying with parts of the contract that need cost mitigation because it wasn’t getting funding for the project.
Part of the letter states, “Due to the National Cathedral of Ghana’s absence of payment, RIBADE COMPANY LTD is compelled under the contract to offset expenses.”
“In compliance with such an obligation under the contract, RIBADE COMPANY LTD has no option but to issue this letter of notice terminating the agreement between RIBADE COMPANY LTD and you as per the provisions of your employment agreement.
“This notice of termination takes effect on the 14th of March 2022 you are therefore requested to hand in all properties (i.e safety equipment, etc) belonging to the company in your possession to the HR office by close of work of the same day,” it added.