President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that about GH¢8.75 million has been donated to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund set up to help fight the pandemic.
“A total amount of some eight million, seven hundred and fifty thousand cedis (GHc 8.75million), which includes six hundred thousand United States dollars (US$ 600,000) has been received so far into the COVID-19 National Trust Fund for this purpose. I am happy that so many appointees of my government have also followed my example by donating their salaries to the fund.”
“We are in difficult times and that is why I directed the Minister for Finance to send to Parliament the Coronavirus alleviation programme (CAP) whose objective is to project households and livelihoods, support micro, small and medium-sized businesses, minimise job loses, and source additional funding for promotion of industries to shore up and expand industrial output for domestic consumption and exports.”
The COVID-19 Fund was set up by President Akufo-Addo in his last address to the country as part of his government’s effort to help mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the citizenry.
President Akufo-Addo, while announcing the set up of the fund donated his April, May and June salaries to the cause. The Vice President also followed suit, donating his three months salaries as well. Also, some government appointees have all donated parts of their three-month salaries to the fund to help in the COVID-19 fight.
So far, many corporate institutions have followed suit including the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) that has donated $181,000 (about one million Ghana Cedis) as its contribution to the fund.
The Lebanese community in Ghana has donated an amount of GHC2, 150, 000 to the COVID-19 Fund to help Ghana in its fight against the deadly pandemic.
Other companies that have contributed to the fund include the United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Newmont Ghana Limited.
Expressing his profound appreciation to all persons and organizations who have contributed to the fund, President Akufo-Addo noted, “I am very grateful to the individuals and institutions, who have responded to my appeal for donations to be made into the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, which has been established to complement Government’s fight against the virus and to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable.”