Government has received a total amount of GH₵8.75 million as donations to the Covid-19 Fund announced a week ago by the President.
This amount includes some $600, 000 United State dollars which has been received as part of the donations, so far.
Covid-19 Trust Fund
President Nana Akufo-Addo, in his late night address to the nation on March 27th, announced the establishment of a Covid-19 National Trust Fund in Ghana.
Headed by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, the fund is to receive public donations to help improve the lives of the underprivileged in the country who will be hard-hit by the viral disease.
As a show of commitment, the President donated his April, May and June salaries as seed capital for the fund.
“I am announcing tonight the establishment of a COVID-19 Fund, to be managed by an independent board of trustees, and chaired by former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, to receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.
“I have directed the Controller and Accountant General to pay my next three months’ salary, i.e. April, May and June, into this Fund,” he said.
The President used the opportunity to thank the churches and financial institutions who have already donated to help in this fight.
Parliament this week passed the Covid-19 National Trust Bill to give legal backing to the fund.
Since its establishment, the Covid-19 Fund has received donations from across all works of life, including churches, public and private business entities, individual citizens as well as the President, his Vice and appointees.