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PARLIAMENT PASSES COVID-19 NATIONAL TRUST FUND BILL, 2020

Parliament has passed the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill, 2020 on Thursday, April 02 under a certificate of Urgency with the approval of the report of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee which encouraged the passing of the bill.

The Bill was initially laid before parliament on Wednesday, April 01, 2020 by Hon. Gloria Akuffo Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

Second Deputy Speaker Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin who was the presiding speaker at the proceeding referred the Bill to the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the House.

The Bill was read the second time at the Plenary and taken through the Consideration Stage on Thursday, April,02,2020.

Chairman of the Committee Hon. Ben Abdullah, who also serves as MP for Offinso South moved for the second reading of the motion and it was seconded by the Ranking Member of the Committee, Hon. Fuseini Inusah Abdulai Bistav, MP for Tamale Central.

The Bill, when assented by the president into law, will give the legal backing to the establishment of the Covid-19 National Trust Fund to assist the effort of government in the fight against the Coronavirus.

The fund will also receive donations which will aid individuals who have been negatively affected by coronavirus as well as make provisions on how the fund should be managed.

Prior to the Bill passage, the chairman of the Committee Hon. Ben Abdullah moved for the motion to be read the third time which was seconded again by the ranking member.

The committee submitted its report to the Plenary on Thursday April 02,2020. and urge the house to pass it under a Certificate of Urgency as requested by the Government.

The House unanimously agreed that the COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill, 2020 was urgent due to the threat posed by the pandemic hence the urgent need to pass the Bill to give effect to the establishment and management of the Fund.

Hon. Members by massive bipartisan effort to provide relief to the Ghanaian economy passed the COVID-19 Trust Fund Bill to complement the efforts being made by the government in catering for the poor and vulnerable as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

By: Mery Quartey

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