Parliament has unanimously approved the report of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee which recommended the passing of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill, 2020 under a Certificate of Urgency.
The Bill was laid before Parliament last Wednesday (April 2) night by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Afua Akuffo.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ben Abdallah, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso South moved the motion for the second reading seconded by the Ranking Member of the Committee, Fuseini Inusah.
The Bill, when assented to by the President into law, will give legal backing to the establishment of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to complement the efforts of government in the fight against the disease.
The Fund will receive donations for disbursement to individuals who have been negatively affected by the disease and also make provisions for how the Fund should be managed.
The Chairman of the Committee in submitting the Report said the Committee found it laudable that individuals and organisations are generously responding to the clarion call by the President in contributing towards the effort at combating the pandemic.
He said the Committee is cognisant of the cost being borne by the government in the fight to contain and reduce the spread, provide adequate care for the affected and to limit the effect on the socio-economic life of Ghanaians.