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Archbishop Duncan- Williiams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba resigns from National Cathedral Board

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Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba, the founder and general overseer of the United Denominations of Action Chapel Churches Worldwide, have resigned from the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral Project in Ghana.

The National Cathedral of Ghana is an elaborate 5000-seater auditorium that was borne out of a pledge made by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, then presidential candidate, ahead of the 2016 election. The two clergymen were appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees overseeing the construction of the much-talked-about National Cathedral.

In their resignation letter, they cited failure on the part of the cathedral’s board to appoint an independent accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to the National Cathedral project. They believe that appointing an independent accounting firm to audit the cathedral’s activities will ensure “transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people.”

In their resignation letter dated October 12, 2023, Archbishop Duncan-Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba stated that despite their prayers, best hopes, and wishes, a needed audit to help restore public confidence and trust in this consequential project has not been enacted to the best of their knowledge. They wrote to the board to ensure that the auditing was carried out before the project proceeded but that was not done as promised by the board.

Further to the National Cathedral in January 2023, as Trustees of the Board of Trustees, they submitted a draft resolution to the Board resolving that current activities advancing the construction of Ghana’s National Cathedral be deferred until the findings of an audit. This deferment included a cessation of activities by the Board of Trustees. Specifically, the resolution stated that, in the spirit and cause of transparency and accountability to the Ghanaian people, the current Board of Trustees of The National Cathedral shall appoint an independent accounting firm to audit all public funds contributed to The National Cathedral.

The two clergymen express their deep gratitude for the opportunity to serve their nation and express their hope that the vision of a National Cathedral of Ghana that provides a “sacred space and infrastructure” for formal religious and other activities in the nation will be realized in their lifetime.