It's been a year since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office. President of the Republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo, together with party loyalists as well as government officials organised a thanksgiving service to thank God for grace and mercies.
But it was not all gloomy for the NPP administration of Nana Addo as the government has been rocked by unfortunate events in the past 11 months.
In this article, YEN.com.gh explores specific developments that painted black the Akufo-Addo administration.
1. Kintampo disaster
It was a moment of shock when Ghanaians woke up to disturbing news of how about 18 students lost their lives in the Brong Ahafo region after trees crashed on them following a heavy storm on Sunday. The waterfall was closed but has been recently opened.
2. Gas explosions
The menace of gas explosions rocked the NPP administration in the middle of the year with the La Trade Fair gas explosion which claimed the lives of several victims including family members of top politicians.
The most recent and shocking gas explosion disaster was that of the Atomic Junction gas explosion which caused the deaths of several victims.
So far, the government has put in place structures to prevent future explosions as it has come up with a gas recirculation module which will see gas consumers drop their cylinders at vantage points to get filled.
3. Vigilante groups
The main scar the NPP administration is the menace of pro-NPP vigilante groups. It all started when some members of the Invisible forces stormed a courtroom and freed all their members. The very same persons have to be bailed from the court by political figures of the party. President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has promised to deal with all persons indulging in the act.
4. Nana Addo's plagiarized Independence Day message
It was an international news story when it surfaced that Nana Addo's first ever swearing-in speech was revealed to have been plagiarized. Portions of Nana Addo's speech was in the same shape and form as that of the former US president - George Bush. Meanwhile, the government has apologized over the development.
5. Captain Mahama's lynching
Ghana still mourns the fall of one of her heroes, Major Maxwell Mahama was lynched in a mob action at Denkyira Obuasi.
The sad and unfortunate killing of the soldier sparked a national debate on mob killing as the government held a national burial ceremony for him. Meanwhile, the government through an act of parliament has set up a special bill for the family of the late soldier.
6. Partisan utterances by South African commissioner
The NPP administration has a tough time dealing with the partisan statements of Ghana's commissioner to South Africa said NPP members are more Ghanaian than others.
Addressing members of TESCON, the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) student wing, the SA High Commissioner had stated that his main priority is party supporters when it comes to providing jobs. His comment, deemed irresponsible and divisive, has angered sections of Ghanaians including the Minority in Parliament who have called for his removal from office.
7. Gay comments
It was a moment of widespread anger when an interview by Nana Addo with Aljazeera got persons asking questions about the president's stance on homosexuality. Nana Addo in an interview with Aljazeera made the point that although the pressure to legalize homosexuality is not that severe, Ghana is likely to legalize same-sex marriage in the future.
8. KUMACA mysterious deaths
The mysterious deaths at Kumasi Academy also sparked much controversy over what exactly had caused the death of about 11 students.
So far, the ministry of health has linked the deaths to an outbreak of Swine Flu as all students in the school are being vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the health minister is calling for all students to be kept on campus as emergency means to provide vaccines to control the outbreak is ensured. Earlier on, medical officers at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) are currently finding the exact name for the disease found in the bodies of students who recently died.
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