Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, has donated half of his three-month salary to the COVID-19 Fund. The Speaker also announced that Parliament as an institution has donated an amount of GH¢200,000 to the Fund.
Making the donation, the Speaker urged all Members of Parliament and other workers to contribute to the fund to help the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 National Trust Fund has been established to receive donations from individuals and organizations to support the fight against the pandemic.
Parliament, last Thursday passed the COVID 19 National Trust Fund 2020 when the House sat late into the night, with Speaker Oquaye presiding over proceedings, to ensure that this important bill was passed under a certificate of urgency.
The Bill was laid before Parliament on the night of Wednesday, April 1, 2020, by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Afua Akuffo.
It gave legal backing to the establishment of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, which was intended to complement the efforts of government in the fight against the Coronavirus disease.
The Fund will receive donations for disbursement to individuals who have been negatively impacted by the disease.
It also makes provisions for how the Fund should be managed.
Speaker Oquaye has been at the forefront of the fight to prevent the possible introduction and spread of the Coronavirus in Parliament. He has also used various platforms to urge all Ghanaians to follow the protocols for preventing the spread of the disease.
He has supervised the acquisition and wearing of facial masks in Parliament and has also facilitated the provision of sanitizers of Members of Parliament for further distribution to the citizens.