The Majority Caucus in Parliament has fulfilled a promise to contribute to the COVID-19 Trust Fund with a presentation of a cheque for GH¢100,000.00.
The Majority, through the Majority leader had pledged to make a donation to the Fund last Saturday when thd House went on indefinite suspension.
Majority leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu who redeemed his side’s pledged to members of the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) in Parliament noted the COVID-19 Trust Fund board was holding its first meeting at the Presidency and therefore could not attend.
He, however, indicated the cheque would be presented to the board at the Flagstaff House immediately after briefing the Parliamentary Press Corps on the donation. He pointed out that the cost of frightening the Coronavirus pandemic cannot be borne by the state alone.
Individuals, institutions and groups, he advocated, would have to make contributions to support the government’s effort.
“The period the country is going through is a difficult one, especially for those who have been affected by the coronavirus through no fault of theirs.”
“Many people are contributing their part and sending their donations to the Presidency.”
“We hear of various groups and individuals going to communities and areas to make donations of various items including sanitizers, face marks among others, ” he stated
The Majority leader cautioned that the hit the economy has taken since the coronavirus was first recorded will take about two years to address.
He expressed worry that should the pandemic continues for the next three to five months, the situation could be serious than what is being experienced presently.
Parliament last Thursday passed the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill, 2020 under a certificate of urgency.
The Trust will receive donations for disbursement.
The Act gives legal backing to the establishment of the Trust Fund to complement the efforts of government in the fight against the disease.