The Ghana Association of Bankers (GAB) has donated family food packs to be distributed to needy Muslim families through the Zakat & Sadaqa Trust Fund, an NGO based at Accra New Town.
In all, 6,500 food packs worth GH¢1 million containing beans, gari, tomato paste, cooking oil, rice, salt, sugar, and canned fish, is being presented by the GAB through identifiable bodies to the needy.
The food packs were presented to a delegation of the Trust Fund, comprising Mr. Mohammed H. Nyagsi, Dr. Zackaria Abraham and the Administrator, Hajia Azara Abukari-Haroun by the Managing Director/CEO of FBNBank Ghana Limited, Victor Yaw Asante on behalf of the GAB.
In presenting the items, Mr. Asante stated that, the donation forms part of the association’s Corporate Social Responsibility to support efforts aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Ghana.
He added that the GH¢10 million put together by banks through the GAB has resulted in the umbrella body of banks making donations to various institutions involved in the testing, isolation, treatment and provision of intensive care.
These include, the Ga East Municipal Hospital, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, Ghana Association of Doctors in Residency and the Community Water & Sanitation Agency (CWSA). He also mentioned that individual banks have so far spent another GH¢10 million in COVID-19 interventions directly.
Receiving the items, Hajia Azara Abukari-Haroun expressed appreciation to the Ghana Association of Bankers and gave the assurance that the family food packs will be distributed to the intended beneficiaries.
She indicated that Zakat & Sadaqa Trust Fund of Ghana is an initiative of the Muslim Caucus and Staff of Parliament established in 2010 to enable Muslims working in both the public and private sectors of Ghana to observe the third pillar of Islam (Zakat) in fulfillment of their faith in Allah.