The Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Covid-19 National Trust Fund Justice Sophia Akuffo has revealed that the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) will offer tax incentives to the individuals and companies who have donated to the Trust Fund.
Justice Rtd Sophia Akuffo, made the disclosure when she addressed a brief ceremony at the forecourt of the offices of the Fund to hand over Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to some selected health institutions and associations in the Greater Accra Region.
“This is subject to fulfilling requirements that the GRA has set out in its recently published guidelines for the implementation of the tax incentives in support of tax payers against the pandemic,” she said.
The Chairperson of the fund also indicated that so far, the fund has received about fifty million Cedis (GHc 50,000,000) from donors.
She noted that the fund has almost completed its internal procurement systems in conformity with the requirements of the Public Procurement Act, which will allow them to begin the utilization of the monies which have been donated to the trust fund thus far.
“These monies are sitting in our accounts, but because we need to fulfill every jot and tittle of the Procurement Act, we have not been able to start making requisite purchases that we can make in adding to the materials and items that we received for distribution, neither can we even make financial outlays for setting up certain activities and services in the performance of our work.”
She hopes that from the beginning of June the Trust would be in a position to begin procuring items.
Justice Akuffo also announced that the Fund now has a short code, *887*100#, that would allow the citizenry to donate any amount to support its mandate and thus encouraged the general public to make donations to the Trust.
The institutions and associations who received the items are; the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Nutrition Rehab Center of the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital and the El Wak Isolation Center of the 37 Military Hospital.
The others are Nii Odoi Kwao Fan from Osu, the Ark Foundation Ghana and the Association of Magistrates and Judges.