Akufo-Addo inaugurates COVID-19 fund board; Sophia Akufo, Ofori Sarpong, Justice Akrofi in

Akufo-Addo inaugurates COVID-19 fund board; Sophia Akufo, Ofori Sarpong, Justice Akrofi in

- President Nana Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund

- The board inaugurated on Sunday, March 29, 2020, is chaired by former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

- Other members include Despite's brother, Ernest Ofori Sarpong, and six others

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President Nana Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.

Akufo-Addo, on Friday, March 27, 2020, announced the setup of the COVID-19 fund during his last address to the nation.

As reported by YEN.com.gh, the fund was to receive donations from the general public to help the needy in the fight against COVID-19. He donated his three months salary to start the fund.

Two days after the announcement President Akufo-Addo has put the board together with former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo as the head.

Other members of the board are Archbishop Justice Ofei Akrofi, Mr Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty Afenyi-Dadzie, Mrs Elsie Addo-Awadzie, Dr Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, Dr Tanko. Mr Collins Asare will act as Secretary to the board.

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Inaugurating the board at a brief ceremony at the Jubilee House, Presiden Akufo-Addo noted that the board has been set up in order not to mingle public donations and government funds in the fight against COVID-19.

“I felt that the best way was to establish a public trust, so that the monies that come do not get intermingled with Government money and all of those problems. A public trust that is to be managed by an independent body of trustees, so that people will see that these monies are being properly accounted for and properly deployed,” he said.

Pledging the full support of government for the board's work, President Akufo-Addo said: “I have full confidence in the integrity of all the people around this table, and of your dedication to the public welfare of our country. That is why I have chosen you to say on this committee.”

He also indicated that the Attorney General will complete the legal formalities for the establishment of the public trust.

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Speaking on behalf of the board, Justice Sophia Akuffo, thanked the president for the confidence reposed in the membership of the committee.

“We undertake to bear the charge that you have placed on us with full integrity and efficiency so as to make sure that all our outcomes are transparent and quality and they fulfil the purpose for which the trust is being set up,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Nana Akufo-Addo has been hailed over his recent statement about COVID-19.

Akufo-Addo had urged people to stay home saying there is a way to revive a dead economy but there is no way to revive dead people.

The statement has got WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus and popular British journalist Piers Morgan praising him.

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