2017, like any other year came and witnessed some big news stories in Ghana.
Compiling a list of 10 biggest news stories for the year [so far] proved to be a difficult task especially when a lot of things happened in 2017.
YEN.com.gh has compiled 10 of the biggest news stories (so far). Note that the 10 stories are in no particular order.
1. Swearing in of Akufo-Addo
The year, 2017 began with a change in government following the New Patriotic Party’s victory of the 2016 elections.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was sworn-in as Ghana’s 5th President of the 4th Republic, after winning the Presidential elections in December, 2016.
The colorful event was undoubtedly one of the biggest news stories of the year. You remember the Onaaapo craze!!!
2. Ministerial appointments and vetting
President Akufo-Addo’s appointment of 110 ministers and deputies was also a big news in 2017. Nana Addo’s ministerial appointments was even described by many Ghanaians as ‘very disturbing’.
Another issue that also made the headlines was the vetting of the nominees before they became ministers and deputy ministers. There was the famous issue of the minority caucus on the vetting committee refusing to give approval for some of the president’s nominees. Two such instances were Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko and Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba.
3. Major Mahama’s gruesome murder
On May 30, the whole of Ghana woke up to the news of the murder of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama. The military officer who was with the 5th Infantry Battallion of the Ghana Army, was on May 29, 2017 lynched at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region.
He was in the area as the commander of some soldiers who were in Diaso in the Central Region to fight galamsey activities. But was mistaken for an armed robber by the youth of the town.
The suspected killers of the innocent soldier are facing trial.
4. Galamsey (Illegal mining)
The galamsey menace is obviously one of the biggest stories of the year 2017. A galamsey is a local Ghanaian term which means illegal small-scale gold mining in Ghana, West Africa; such workers are known as galamseyers or orpailleurs in neighboring francophone nations.
The fight against illegal mining saw the security agencies clash with galamseyers and their Chinese masters. The galamsey activities destroyed waterbodies, the forest reserve and polluted the land in general.
5. The Atomic gas explosion
At least seven people were confirmed dead and many more critically injured in the Madina Atomic junction gas explosion that happened in Accra.
Two filling stations at Atomic junction were engulfed in flames after a gas station around the area exploded.
6. Prempeh College winning the National Science and Maths Quiz
The 2017 edition of the National Science & Maths Quiz was a big success. For about two weeks the nation was engulfed with this competitive educational programme which saw secondary schools take on each other in a maths and science contest.
Prempeh College was crowned champions of the 2017 National Science & Maths Quizafter beating St. Thomas Aquinas SHS and Adisadel College at the grand finale held on June 29, 2017 at the National Theatre.
7. Stonebwoy weds Dr Louisa
On the entertainment front, dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy’s marriage with Dr. Louisa Ansong was another headliner in the year.
The wedding generated buzz on social media. Louisa Ansong is a dentist who graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2016. She won a lot of academic awards when she graduated.
8. KABA's death
Ghanaians woke up to the shocking news of the sudden demise of popular radio presenter, Kwadwo Asare Baffour Acheampong, aka KABA.
It began as a mere speculation on social media but ended up being true.
Sources said the young man who died in his prime age was rushed to the Surgical/Medical Emergency (SME) Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
The Ekosii Sen host on Asempa FM was rushed from his Tesano home to the hospital.
9. Robert Mugabe steps down as Zimbabwe President
The resignation of Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s President was a shock to the world. The 93-year-old exit was a relief to Zimbabweans and the world also.
Mugabe’s 37-year reign will best be remembered for its economic ruin.
10. The Bank of Ghana’s closure of UT and Capital banks
A statement from the Bank of Ghana announced the closures of UT and Capital Banks and their assimilation into GCB Bank.
The collapse of the two indigenous banks hit the banking and business world hard
The action of the BoG was triggered by the inability of the two banks to turn around their negative capital adequacy position which has lingered on for some time now.
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