The year 2016 started as one of those dramatic years in the political, social and economic scenes of Ghana. For many Ghanaians, the year 2016 was to be an improvement from the disappointing previous year of 2015 but someway somehow, some developments never was as expected.
Yen.com.gh brings out the best highlights of January 2016 as experienced across the country.
1. Hikes in Taxes
Ghanaians started the new year with what political critics have described as an unjustified increase in taxation(s) especially as the energy sector levy brought up by government shot the prices of petroleum products by 30% just in the beginning of January.
What this meant was that Ghanaians had had to come to terms with both the hike in taxes, fuel prices as well as utility prices which initially had been increased by 59.2% and 67.2% respectively on December 14th 2015.
This unfortunate turn of events saw an outburst especially by public sector workers spearheaded by Organised Labour and the Trades and Union Congress (TUC).
2. Sheltering of Guantanamo Bay Detainees
Just upon slowly adjusting to the utility and tax hikes, Ghanaians just days into the month of January got blown away by the ''troubling'' news of government deciding to shelter two ex-convicts from the world's most dangerous prison cell, Guantanamo Bay prison cell.
The coming in of Mahmud Umar Muhammad Bin Atef and Khalid Muhammad Salih Al-Dhuby attracted severe criticism from political opponents, the Christian Council and the general public as government was severely warned to return the detainees back to their country.
3. Armed Robbery Case Involving Koala Worker and Taxi Driver
It all started when two robbers attacked a lady believed to be an employee of Koala. She was thought to be on her way to deposit the previous day’s sales at the bank. While bolting, a taxi driver rammed into the motorbike of the thieves, forcing them into a nearby drain - a heroic act which changed the life of the taxi driver.
Not only was he rewarded with a brand new car by authorities of Koala but also did he receive a presidential award of brand new three bed room house by President Mahama.
4. Gory Accident Involving Music Legend, Amakye Dede
Legendary Highlife musician, Daniel Amakye Dede and his crew also in the month of January involved in a gory motor accident at Bonsu Junction (off the Accra-Kumasi Highway). According to reports, Amakye Dede escaped death, but his manager, Isaac Yeboah lost his life. Mr Yeboah was also the editor for the P&P (People and Places) newspaper. Amakye Dede’s bodyguard also sustained severe injuries and is receiving treatment with ‘Abrantie’ at the hospital. But someway somehow, Amakye Dede survived the accident.
5. Deadly Outbreak Meningitis
The month of January ended with the shocking news and severity of the Meningitis outbreak which is feared to have infected over 200 people with about 35 persons recorded dead since the disease got established as an epidermic.
The development which has spread from the Northern, Brong-Ahafo and Ashanti regions to the Greater Accra Region in recent times. The epidermic has spread fear and panic across the country as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has expressed concern of offering the nation with he clinical assistance control the epidermic.