Diamond Cement Group has donated a cash cheque of GH₵100,000 to the COVID-19 National Trust Fund to support the government’s effort in curbing the spread of coronavirus.
This brings to total an amount of GH₵250,000 donation from the Group to the COVID-19 Trust fund. The Group had earlier donated a total of 250 tonnes of cement worth GH₵150,000 for the rehabilitation of isolation centres across the country to be used to house infected persons undergoing treatment.
According to Diamond Cement, the donation is to aid government efforts towards helping the frontline service providers and more importantly provide support to the vulnerable during this period of the pandemic.
The Chairman of the Group, Mr. Mukesh Patel in a delegation with the Director of the company, Mr. Himesh Patel and the General Manager, Mr. BVK Raju presented the cheque to the Information ministry on behalf of the government on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Accra.
This donation brings to total an amount of GH₵1.25 million as donations from cement manufacturers in Ghana.
Presenting the amount to the Minister of Information, the Chairman of the Diamond Cement Group, Mr. Mukesh Patel indicated that considering the critical times being faced by the country, the group saw it necessary to donate to the fund to help minimize the negative impact of the pandemic on economic activities.
Mr. Patel commended the government for the bold steps taken to mitigate the spread of the virus and urged Ghanaians to duly follow the protocols outlined by the government to avoid a possible spread.
Appreciating the donation on behalf of the government, the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah thanked the Diamond Cement Group and members of the Cement Manufacturers Association for their support to the COVID-19 Trust Fund and assured that the government is fully committed to winning the war against this pandemic with every available resource.
Donations to the COVID-19 Trust Fund so far
The COVID-19 Trust Fund was established by the government for public donations to be made to support the fight against Coronavirus disease.
The Fund has so far received a number of donations from various businesses, institutions and individuals.
President Akufo-Addo donated his April, May and June salaries as seed capital for the Fund.
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia followed suit and also donated three months’ salary to the Trust Fund.
All Ministers of State and other top appointees at the presidency have voluntarily donated 50 percent of their salary for the next three months to the COVID-19 Fund.
Parliament has also contributed GH¢200,000 with the Speaker of the House, Prof. Aaron Mike Ocquaye also donating half of his three months’ salary to the Fund.
Institutions that have also donated to the Fund so far include Hollard Ghana – GH¢100,000, Absa Bank Ghana – GH¢1 million, Interplast – GH¢1.2 million, and Justmoh Construction Limited contributing GH¢500,000.
Zenith Bank Ghana Limited- GH¢1 million, Joshob Construction- US$100,000, Ernest Chemists- GH¢100,000 and SSNIT- GH¢500,000.
Several institutions have donated in cash and kind to the Fund and to various hospitals and health services in the country to support the government to fight the coronavirus.