The Government of Ghana has set up a Covid-19 Fund to assist the needy and underprivileged communities during these dire times of corona virus pandemic.
President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo updating Ghanaians on measures taken by the government together with health experts to curtail the outbreak of the virus, noted that the Fund will be used to cushion the public as the nation fights against covid-19.
In an address to the nation from the Jubilee House on Friday night, March 27, 2020, the President has authorized an independent Board of Trustees chaired by former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to take charge of the fund.
President Akufo-Addo also pledged his three-month salary to the fund and encouraged corporate entities as well as noble Ghanaians to follow suit by donating into the fund to provide relief to the needy and destitute in society.
“I am announcing tonight the establishment of a covid-19 fund to be managed by an independent Board of Trustees and chaired by former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo to receive contributions and donations from the public to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable. I’ve directed the Controller-General to pay my next 3 months salary ie. April, May and June into this fund”, he said.
The President further indicated that, as part of measures to protect the citizenry against the corona virus epidemic; parts of Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions including Tema have been placed under lockdown for two weeks; hence human and vehicular movements strictly restricted in the period of the lockdown.
He advised all Ghanaians to adhere to the precautionary measures laid down by the State authorities to safeguard the nation.