Playback: Newsfile discusses Apeatse explosion, Speaker’s security and Ghana’s economy downgrade

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Today on JoyNews, Newsfile discussed the measures needed to ensure Apeastse is rebuilt following Thursday’s explosion that claimed 13 lives and destroyed about 500 homes.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has noted that Government is launching a full-scale investigation into the incident caused by a collision between a vehicle carrying mining explosives and a motorcycle.

To mitigate the effects of the incident, government has donated GH₵200,000 to the victims and pledged to foot the medical bill of all injured persons.

Also, government says it has engaged the State Housing Corporation and mining companies in the area to provide an instant haven for the stranded community members.

Host, Samson Lardy Anyenini and his panellists also took a look at the education system for pre-tertiary institutions. This is needful as government has reversed its decision to introduce a semester-based system for basic schools in the country.

The Education Ministry last Thursday announced the introduction of the semester-based system in place of the trimester one.

The show delved into the security of the Speaker of Parliament.

Following the withdrawal of four officers attached to the office of Speaker Alban Bagbin, Parliament has written to the Chief of Staff of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) to request four military personnel as security detail for the Speaker.

Both the Majority and Minority Group have been in contention over the subject matter.

Meanwhile, International ratings agency, Fitch, has downgraded Ghana’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘B-‘ from ‘B’ with a negative outlook.

The downgrade of Ghana’s IDRs and Negative Outlook reflect the sovereign’s loss of access to international capital markets in the second-half of 2021, following a pandemic-related [COVID-19] surge in government debt.

Samson Lardy Anyenini and his guests took a bite on this matter as well.