Majority Leader Haruna Iddrisu has explained why the Minority was not present when Parliament donated some amount of money to the COVID-19 Trust Fund.
Parliament donated an amount of GHS 200,000 to the national COVID-19 Trust Fund.
The Speaker of the Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, Majority Leader Kyei Mensah Bonsu were all present, but Haruna Iddrisu and his collegaues were absent.
He has however explained why they missed out on such an important gesture.
“I do not share the thinking and the belief that a Trust Fund to combat and contain COVID-19 within the meaning of the Coronavirus Trust Fund established by Parliament anticipated that public institutions will be running to donate public money for the purpose of combating COVID-19. This is a worrying development and experts funds have said the nature of a Private Trust Fund and a public fund is not the same. You set up a Private Fund to encourage individuals and other corporate organisations that are private to make donations but if you have public institutions donating, it defeats the purpose of the fund. When the bill was being considered by I recommended we add source of funds monies approved by parliament but the minority rejected it.
MP for Daboya Mahama Shaibu has petitioned the Attorney General over State Institutions donating to the COVID-19 Trust Fund.
The Daboya-Mankarigu MP argues that public institutions have no standing to donate the monies to the Covid-19 Trust Fund.
He said when the fund was set up, the law that backed it’s establishment said the donations should come from individuals or corporate bodies.
The COVID-19 Trust Fund was established by President Akufo-Addo last month to solicit support from Ghanaians as the country fights the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Chairperson of the COVID-19 Trust Fund Madam Sophia Akuffo and they have so far received a lot of donations.