National Catheral ; Executive Director refutes claims of Duncan-Williams and Eastwood Anaba

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National Cathedral Audit Claims Refuted by Project Executive Director

Dr. Paul Opoku-Mensah, the Executive Director of the National Cathedral Project, has refuted claims that Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba were uninformed about the ongoing audit process of the National Cathedral.

This response follows the recent resignation of these prominent clergymen from the Board of Trustees responsible for overseeing the Cathedral’s construction.

Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the founder and General Overseer of the United Denominations of Action Chapel Churches Worldwide, and Rev. Eastwood Anaba, President of the Eastwood Anaba Ministries, tendered their resignations on October 17, 2023. Their decision was primarily attributed to their perceived lack of financial auditing of the National Cathedral project.

According to the duo, they had originally requested an inquiry into the project’s fund allocation in January 2023 but had not received any updates by the time of their resignations in October of the same year. Contrary to this assertion, the Executive Director of the project confirmed that Deloitte, an auditing firm, had been contracted to perform the audit.

Dr. Opoku-Mensah stated,

“Following this, the engagement letter for Deloitte to officially begin the audit was drafted and signed by Deloitte on March 27, 2023, and set up on their system on May 17, 2023. The expectation was that the first part of the audit was to be completed in July 2023. The audit process, so far, can be confirmed with the auditors, Deloitte.”

He continued,

“The Board was constantly updated on the process through the Chairman and the Steering Committee, as well as the Executive Director’s reports to the meetings of the Board.”

Furthermore, Dr. Opoku-Mensah revealed that despite Archbishop Duncan-Williams and Rev. Eastwood Anaba’s absence from meetings in June and September 2023, all Board members who were not physically present received copies of documents related to these meetings, including the Executive Director’s reports. Consequently, he declared, “The claim that they have received no information, whatsoever, on the audit process is therefore false.”

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The refutation by the Executive Director sheds light on the complex situation surrounding the National Cathedral project, highlighting the need for clarity and transparency in the ongoing audit process.

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