Following President Nana Akufo-Addo’s announcement and subsequent inauguration of the Board of Trustees of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, some individuals and institutions have been contributing.
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President Nana Addo after declaring a partial lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi also named former Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, as the chairperson for the Board of Trustees which will mange the COVID-19 Fund.
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The 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, and Dr. Tanko. Mr. Collins Asare will act as Secretary to the Board.
The President noted that since the outbreak of the virus in Ghana, organisations, and individuals have made donations, with others wanting to find out how they can also contribute to the cause.
Akufo-Addo donated his three months salary as seed money to the Fund. Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia also donated his three months salary to the cause.
Also, all Ministers of State, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, the deputy Chiefs of Staff, Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Cabinet, Presidential Staffers and Presidential Aides at the Presidency have decided to donate fifty percent (50%) of their salaries, for the next three months, i.e. April, May, and June, to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
All Deputy Ministers have also agreed to donate fifty percent (50%) of their salaries for the next two months, i.e. April and May, into the Fund.
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YEN.com.gh has compiled a list of companies and individuals who have contributed to the COVID-19 Fund so far.
1. Sunon Asogli Power Limited
The Chinese-Ghanaian company donated $100,000 to the fight against COVID-19.
Handing over the money to the government on behalf of the company in Accra, Mr. Shi Ting Wan, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, commended the government for its efforts to contain and end the epidemic.
2. International Central Gospel Church (ICGC)
The Charismatic Christian church headed by Pastor Mensa Otabil made a contribution of one hundred thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc100,000.00) to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund.
Three members of the Presbytery of the Church, Prophet Christopher Yaw Annor, Rev. Anthony Cudjoe and Rev. Morris Appiah, presented the cheque to the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, Madam Akosua Frema Osei Opare on Thursday, April 02, 2020.
3. Africa World Airlines Ltd (AWA)
Africa World Airlines Ltd (AWA), has also donated $100,000 towards the fight.
4. COCOBOD CEO and his deputies
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Mr. Joseph Boahen Aidoo, and his three deputies have donated 50 percent of their salaries for the next three months to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
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5. ABSA Bank Ghana
ABSA Bank donated GH¢1 million at a media briefing by the COVID-19 Response Team.
6. Hollard Insurance
Hollard, which donated GH¢100,000, made its presentation to the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President at Jubilee House.
7. GCB Bank
Ghana’s largest bank, GCB Bank Ltd has provided GHS100,000.00 support to the Government of Ghana in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
Interplast, West Africa’s leading producer of plastic pipe systems has donated ¢1,200,000 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to support efforts of the state aimed at combating the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, in Ghana.
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9. Justmoh Construction Limited
The wholly Ghanaian-owned construction company, through its Chief Executive Officer, Justice Amoh, presented a cheque of ¢500,000 as their contribution to the COVID-19 Trust Fund.
10. Ghana Baptist Convention
The Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC) has made a donation of GHC 100,000 to the government in support of her efforts to fight the CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19) Pandemic.
The donation which was from a member-church of the GBC, the Triumphant Baptist Church (TBC), of Kwadaso, Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region was to beef up the government’s mobilization efforts to fighting the pandemic.
Note that, this is not the full list of companies and individuals who have donated to the COVID-19 Fund. The list is obviously not exhausted.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has launched a COVID-19 support fund, with a startup amount of one million Ghana cedis.
The seed funding for the ''Stay Home, Stay Alive'' programme will be used to purchase food supplies and sanitary items for underserved communities in the traditional area.
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