The Speaker of Parliament, Mike Oquaye has donated half of his monthly salary to the Covid-19 Trust Fund for three months.
The Fund will be used, among other things, to support the vulnerable and needy who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
It will also be used to support persons including frontline medical personnel and volunteers engaged in the combat of Covid-19.
Prof Oquaye after making the donation urged all Members of Parliament and other workers to contribute to the Fund to help fight the pandemic.
Below is a statement from Parliament announcing the donation:
SPEAKER OQUAYE DONATES HALF OF HIS THREE MONTH SALARY TO
COVID 19 FUND, PARLIAMENT ALSO DONATES 200 THOUSAND CEDIS,
PASSES THE BILL.
Parliament on Thursday, 02/04/2020 passed the Covid 19 National Trust Fund 2020. The
House sat late into the night, with Speaker Oquaye presiding over proceedings, to ensure that
this all important bill is passed under a certificate of urgency.
The Bill was laid before Parliament on the night of Wednesday April 01, 2020 by
the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Afua Akuffo. It seeks to give legal
backing to the establishment of the Covid-19 National Trust Fund which is intended to
complement the efforts of government in the fight against the disease.
The Fund will receive donations for disbursement to individuals who have been negatively
impacted by the disease. It also makes provisions for how the Fund should be managed.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye has donated half
of his monthly salary for three months to the Covid 19 National Trust Fund. The Speaker also
announced that Parliament is donating an amount of two hundred thousand Ghana Cedis to
set the fund rolling.
Making the donation, the Speaker urged all Members of Parliament and other workers to
contribute to the fund to help the fight against the corona virus pandemic.
Speaker Oquaye has been at the forefront of the fight to prevent the possible introduction and
spread of the Corona virus in Parliament. He has also used various platforms to urge all
Ghanaians to follow the protocols for preventing the spread of the disease. He has supervised
the acquisition and wearing of facial masks in Parliament and has also facilitated the
provision of sanitizers of Members of Parliament for further distribution to the citizens.
Director, Public Affairs,
Parliament of Ghana.
Meanwhile, Parliament has approved the Covid-19 National Trust Fund Bill 2020.
The approval under certificate of urgency late Thursday evening happened about 24 hours after Attorney General Gloria Akuffo laid it in parliament on Wednesday evening.
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