The month of February played out dramatic in Ghana considering certain shocking events. YEN.com.gh brings out the highlights of these events in a carefully selected list ranging from financial or political happenings to disasters and murders.
1. JB Danquah Adu’s murder
Ghanaians woke to a shocking news of JB Danquah Adu, one of Ghana's most loved parliamentarians, being stabbed to death at his residence in Accra.
The Ghanaian opposition legislator was the grandson of the late JB Danquah, a Ghanaian statesman, pan-Africanist, scholar and historian, who played a significant role in pre- and post-colonial Ghana. Adu was stabbed thrice in the chest by an assailant who was later revealed to be a thief.
Till now, the motives remain unknown, but police intelligence say the killer's main aim was to rob the residence of the MP, not murder the lawmaker
JB Danquah's death prompted severe outrage from Ghana’s politicians, with president Mahama and other politicians condemning the act.
2. Bloody conflicts between Agogo residents and Fulani herdsmen
Fulani herdsmen and the farming community of Agogo clashed mainly over the scuffle for land. Security measures are being put in place to restore calm in the area. Tens of joint security task-force personnel (police and military) have been deployed to Agogo.
Death toll has risen, as has the number of livestock killed by angry residents of Agogo who claim the Fulani herdsmen are degrading their farms with their cattle.
3. Increase in transport fares
The good old phenomenon of transport fare increment rocked the scenes in the month of February again — this time, with commercial drivers and passengers tearing each other apart over the justification of the hike.
Passengers have been facing a 15% increase in transport fares effective February 1, 2016. The acting secretary general of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, Andrews Kwesi Kwakye, revealed that the new fares are a result of the increase in petroleum products prices.
4. Acute water crisis
It all started as a subtle warning sign from Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMA) meteorologists in the last quarter of 2015. But little did Ghanaians know that the nation, like several other states in the world, was headed for a year of severe droughts.
It has been barely three months without rains in Ghana — a climate crisis which has seen the prices of food shoot high, large arrays of crop lands die, and the acute shortage of portable drinking water to some stretches of the country's region.
The water shortage has affected thousands of residents at in Accra and other parts of the country, a development which has seen government turn to the skies for divine help (prayers for the rain, the water minister says).
5. Fatal Kintampo accident
The unfortunate accident on the Tamale-Kintampo road will go down in history as the most fatal road accident of February with over 60 victims. A Kumasi-bound Metro Mass Transit bus collided head-on with a truck carrying tomatoes, believed to be traveling from Navrongo.
Several the passengers were trapped in the mangled bus as the locals struggled to retrieve the bodies and those alive.
President Mahama has visited all surviving victims, as intense investigation into the accident remains pending.
6. State of the Nation Address
To top it all, the State of the Nation Address by President Mahama has been the most debated topic in Ghana in February. Opposition parties, especially the New Patriotic Party (NPP), have analysed the veracity of the report.
During his address to the parliament, President Mahama mentioned progress and achievements made over the past seven years in government — claims the opposition party say are untrue.
In fact, the presidential candidate of the NPP, Akuffu Addo, minced no words when he spoke of the "true state of the nation" on February 29, bringing to light the stark reality of having to live in Ghana: economic hardships, corruption, social injustice, institutional failures, etc.