Joseph Boahen Aidoo, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board, has donated half of his salary for the next three months, April, May, and June to the COVID-19 Fund set up by the President to receive voluntary donations geared towards the fight against the pandemic.
The COCOBOD CEO disclosed that his deputies, 3 in total, have also decided to dedicate half of their salaries for the same period to the Fund.
He made this revelation when he presented an amount of GHC200, 000 to the Fund on behalf of his organisation.
In addition to the cash amount, COCOBOD also gave out hand sanitizers, cocoa products, and other items to help sustain the fight against the virus in the country.
“Ghana COCOBOD has donated GHC200, 000 in the old currency that is about 2billion cedis to the COVID-19 Fund set up by the president to help in the fight against the virus. In addition, myself and three deputies have decided to donate half of our salaries for the next three months, April, May, and June, to the Fund in addition to what the company is donating. The government is doing well and so we find it needful to join in the fight against the virus,” Joseph Boahen Aidoo stated at a brief ceremony to present the donations.
Since the President announced in his fourth address to the nation on the country’s fight against the virus, several entities have donated to the Fund.
Government intends to raise money to lessen the burden on businesses and households.
On Monday, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta was in Parliament and moved for the Petroleum Revenue Management Act to be amended to allow government to dip into the Legacy Funds to fight the pandemic.
The minority in parliament has opposed the move insisting the Legacy Fund ought to be reserved for its intended purpose, which is for use by future generations after the oil reserves have been depleted.
The country currently has 195 confirmed cases of the virus with about 31 recoveries. 5 people have died after contracting the virus.
To ensure the virus doesn’t spread to larger sections of the populace and overwhelm the health sector, government has introduced several measures including a lockdown to enable them embark on enhanced surveillance and testing.