Parliament on Thursday, April 2, 2020, passed the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill. The House earlier determined to pass the Bill under a certificate of urgency after it was laid in the house by Attorney General.
The trust will receive donations for disbursement and also make provisions for how the trust should be managed.
The Bill, when assented by the President into law, will give legal backing to the establishment of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to complement the efforts of government in the fight against the disease after it was set up by the government last week.
The trust, which will be chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, is to receive public contributions to help improve the lives of the vulnerable who will be worst-hit by the pandemic.
The other members of the Board of trustees of the Fund are Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Elsie Addo-Awadzie, Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, and Dr Tanko Collins Asare will act as Secretary to the Board.
Donations to the Fund
President Nana Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia started by donated three months of their salaries to the trust.
All Ministers of State and other top appointees at the presidency also voluntarily decided to donate 50 percent of their salary.
Parliament has also contributed GH¢200,000 with the Speaker of the House, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye also donating half of his three months’ salary to the fund.
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