Why Dag Heward-Mills resigned from National Cathedral Board of Trustees – The resignation of the “Man of God”, Dag Heward-Mills raised a lot of confusion and rumors about the National Cathedral Board and their alleged illegalities and lies.
At the time of his resignation, reasons as to why the revered Bishop would abandoned a responsibility to build a Cathedral to honor the christian community was unknown.
Why Dag Heward-Mills resigned from National Cathedral Board of Trustees revealed
However, Citi News has sighted the revered Bishop’s resignation letter, addressed to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral, copied about 14 people including the President.
Countless concerns ignored
As part of his reasons for resigning, Bishop Heward-Mills expressed disappointment at the leadership of the National Cathedral for ignoring concerns he raised in several letters he wrote to them with the recent one being in June 2022 through the Ghana Charismatic Bishops’ Conference.
“I feel that the treatment of the issues I have raised in my several letters has been unfortunate. My letters have been ignored in the past; not attended to for years, and at best addressed flippantly.”
“You may recall I have spoken passionately and written extensively about the costs, the design, the location, the fundraising, the mobilization of the churches, and the role of the trustees.”
“These, if heeded, would have made our project more achievable. Generally speaking, my inputs, my opinions, and my letters have been trivialized and set aside.”
Despite his “verbal appointment” by the president, the man of God revealed in the letter that he was surprised finding out he had not been duly registered as a Director of the Company of the National Cathedral.
Instead, he found names of people he had never met as the real Trustees of the Board.
“I do not believe this is an oversight but a deliberate exclusion from the Board. Six years is a long time to correct this failure to register me if it was indeed an administrative lapse.”
“l have therefore accepted for some time now that I am not a trustee of the National Cathedral, but I have still sought to help with the Cathedral because I believe in the President’s vision and I do not have to be a legally registered trustee to do so. I refer to myself in this letter as a trustee because even though l am not privy to most of the weighty decisions of the Board I am referred to as such.”
Lack of clarity
On clarity matters, Heward-Mills believed the role of the State and Church was gloomy.
“This lack of clarity is robbing our vision of the validity it needs. Over and over, I have asked that we address this appropriately and urgently because there are many dire implications to the trustees and the individuals involved in this project.”
He further noted that the project’s trustees were not in charge of managing and controlling its affairs.
The founder of Lighthouse Chapel International lamented the fact that the trustees are rarely the ones making important project-related decisions.
“I have been a reachable and available trustee and attended every single meeting of trustees since the pandemic began, in person and by zoom, and the records will show that.”
“If I say that I, as a trustee, do not know many of the financial and technical issues concerning the Cathedral, it means the discussions about the National Cathedral were held by some people outside the trustees’ meeting or perhaps in a forum that I was not present or invited to.”
“On the one hand, the National Cathedral is said to be a Government of Ghana project, with the government taking financial decisions. Yet, on another hand, at meetings, it is implied that the trustees have taken or participated in taking some decisions.”
Bishop Dag Heward-Mills continued by stating he would be available for the job if his grievances are solved in future.
“I would like to state clearly that if in the future, there is more clarity to my role and function in the building of the Cathedral, I remain open, available and willing to serve at the pleasure of the President and the nation. Regardless of your response to my resignation and inputs, I remain a supporter of the National Cathedral project and will endeavour to be present to rejoice with the nation when this project is completed.”
I’m not against National Cathedral
In spite of his resignation, Dag clarified his action and warned the media and general public from misconstrueing him; that his not against building of the National Cathedral.
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