The year 2015 remains one of the years which saw journalists and news reporters busier than ever but most of all, the recipients of all the various stories were Ghanaians who not only expressed shock over the developments they were experiencing but also, in some instances could not believe the jaw breaking truth of these stories.
Even as the year comes to an end, we deem it newsworthy to refresh your minds on all the shocking stories that made headlines in the year 2015.
1. The Grueling June 3 Flood And Fire Disaster
A disaster which got the world talking, the happened when about 150 victims got burnt to death following an explosion at a petrol station at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra during a heavy downpour in Accra.
The explosion happened when floodwater washed stored fuel into a nearby fire while victims were sheltering from torrential rain at the forecourts of the fuel station. President Mahama had described the shocking scene as 'catastrophic and almost unprecedented.'
2. Dumsor/Massive Layoffs
The year 2015 never went down well for many employees in Ghana as a result of the massive loss of jobs due to the worsening power crisis beginning of the year. In fact, over 12,600 formal workers were declared jobless by the close of the second quarter of 2015 as several businesses argued their intention was to reduce costs in order to stay in business.
The seriousness of the matter latter on saw thousands of affected workers saw thousands of workers term the May Day celebrations as a 'Red May Day' with all workers clad in red to protest against the ongoing energy crisis.
3. Bloody Let My Vote Count Demonstration
The demonstration which got all Ghanaians talking was the popular Let My Vote Count Demonstration which saw protesters beaten and arrested by the police for allegedly veering off the approved routes assigned them earlier.
The firing of tear gas coupled with the merciless use of horse whips went down in history as the most severe of brute force the Ghana police service had ever used since in the fourth republic of Ghana. (NB: The demonstration was aimed at putting pressure on the electoral commission to roll out a new voters register ahead of the 2016 elections)
4. The Popular 'Dumsor Must Stop' Vigil
The Dumsor Must Stop vigil, a social media campaign championed by actress, Yvonne Nelson saw thousands of Ghanaians lit up the streets of Accra with candles and lanterns as they protested against the worsening load shedding exercise in Ghana. The protesters clad in red and black outfits marched from the Total Filling station opposite the University of Ghana to the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange here in the Greater Accra Region.
The vigil was led by Yvonne Nelson and other celebrities such as Efya, DKB, Sydney,Van Vicker and a host of others. The demonstration is documented to not only have caught the attention of Ghanaians but also that of the world in general with international media as the CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera taking a snapshot of the event.
5. Ghana ISIS Recruit
Many Ghanaians had a shock of their lives upon hearing the news of a graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) join the world's most wanted terrorist organisation, ISIS. Nazir Nortei Alema successfully got recruited by ISIS barely a week after completing his national service.
Troubled father of the said dissident, Abdul Latif Alema reveals his son before the trip had earlier sent false indication via Whatsapp that he (Nazir Nortei Alema) was on his way to Prestea from where he would proceed to Takoradi on an official assignment. Meanwhile, Nazir’s brother revealed the truth of his whereabouts via Whatsapp following a shocking message the ISIS recruit sent him.
6. Controversial GH₵ 3.6m Bus Rebranding Deal
The year ended on a much controversial note considering the public outcry over the GH₵ 3.6m expenditure on the rebranding of buses - a deal between government and a local management company.
So far, the controversy has seen the transport minister, Dzifa Attivor, tender in her resignation as the attorney general has also been ordered to retrieve the monies from the company, Smatty's.