Legislative Responses to COVID-19: Parliament of Ghana


In response to COVID-19, the Parliament of Ghana enacted the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Trust Fund Act, 2020 on Thursday, April 2, 2020. It was assented to by  President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on April 3, 2020.

According to the sponsor of the legislation:

The object of the Bill is to establish a Fund to complement the efforts of Government in the fight against COVID-19 and to assist in the welfare of the needy and the vulnerable who have been afflicted or impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund is to receive and manage contributions and donations from well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies, to support persons engaged in the combat of the COVID-19 pandemic, support the needy and the vulnerable infected with or affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and any other matter necessary to achieve the object of the Fund.

The Act is divided into four groups of sections. The introductory group of clauses provides for the establishment of the COVID-19 National Trust Fund, sections 1 to 5.  Clauses 6 to 18, the second group of sections, provide for governance of the Trust Fund.  The third group of sections, clauses 19 to 22, deal with the financial matters of the Fund. The final group of clauses, clauses 23 to 26 provide for miscellaneous matters.

The Votes and Proceedings (precise summary of the proceeding of the House) is available here.

You can also access COVID-19 National Trust Fund Bill, 2020 in the form it was published.

The audiovisual recordings of the proceedings (April 1 and April 2) are accessible as follows:

Proceedings of Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 (A)

Proceedings of Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 (B)

Proceedings of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 (A)

Proceedings of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 (B)

Proceedings of Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 (C)

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