The branch chairperson, Obaa Yaa Frimpong, made the donation on behalf of the branch when she visited the COVID-19 Trust Fund Secretariat in Accra.
She was accompanied by the NPP’s director of international affairs, Emmanuel Attafuah-Danso, and Kwasi Ayim-Darko, chairman of the Altanta chapter of NPP-USA. The deputy youth organiser, Prince Kamal Gumah, and Ali Suraj, a former branch deputy organiser, were also present.
Dr William Collins Asare received the funds on behalf of the COVID-19 Trust Fund and thanked the group warmly for their support.
On Friday 3 July 2020, led by Augustine Agbenaza (branch secretary), assisted by Josephine Agyekum (director of communications), the chairman, second vice-chairman and public relations officer of the Washington DC chapter of NPP-USA also presented a cash donation of US$5,000 to support fundraising efforts by Ghanaians and Friends of Ghana Against COVID-19.
This campaign by the Embassy of Ghana in the United States of America aims to raise funds to support the fight against COVID-19 and to help affected Ghanaians in the US. The donation was presented to Ambassador Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah at the embassy.
Beyond party politics
Speaking to the media about the reason behind the branch’s contributions, Obaa Yaa Frimpong explained the need for the party to engage with non-partisan nation-building efforts.
“Although we are a branch of a political party, our mandate goes beyond partisan efforts only. We have a duty as patriotic citizens to come to the aid of the country in times of global crisis like this one,” she said.
“There are times where we must put our differences aside and rather put the nation first. This contribution is our way of saying that the fight against COVID-19 is a collective one, and not a partisan one.”
She also commended frontline workers and called for expedited testing.
“Our health-care workers, particularly those in the front line, are risking their lives on a daily basis,” she said. “We commend their efforts and call for more financial support from other groups to help in this fight.
“We also need to improve on the turnaround time of testing to help us know who has the disease so we can expedite contact tracing where necessary.”
She urged all community leaders to act as advocates of strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols. “We all have a duty to come together so we can fight this disease collectively.”
NPP-USA Communications Directorate