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This is how 2014 unfolded: Timeline of major news stories in Ghana

December 31, 2014 12:44 PM
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The year opened with one of the shocking news of the death of ace BBC broadcast journalist, Komla Dumor at his home in London.

The news of his death devastated many Ghanaians, many people on the African continent and the world at large.

March 6: President John Mahama declares everyday “made in Ghana day” as part of a campaign to vigorously promote the domestic manufacturing industry.

March 10: The Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo, Mr Alban S.K. Bagbin, alleges that some Members of Parliament (MPs) take bribes to articulate the views of some individuals and organisations on the floor of Parliament.

March 13: One of five persons trapped under a collapsed uncompleted hotel structure in Accra rescued with one other confirmed dead.

March 13: Fennec Okyere, manager of musician Kwaw Kesse is shot dead. According to talk show host, Abeiku Santana, Fennec was shot dead by some unknown assailant(s) on Thursday morning at his residence on the Spintex Road, Accra.

March 28: President John Dramani Mahama is elected as the new Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government for a one year term. The Ghanaian President takes over from President Alassane Ouattara of La Cote d’Ivoire.

March 31: Some Members of Parliament (MP) ask for the Ghana Police Service to provide personal security for all 275 members of the House. During proceedings in Parliament, the MPs expressed concern over the recent spate of armed robbery cases and killings which some believe are contract killings.

April 7: The National Youth Authority (NYA) has contracts a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) to help green the toxic infested Agbogbloshie community in Accra. Environmental groups; the Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross Switzerland in its compiled list after surveying more than 2,000 sites in 49 countries in less than a decade, ranked Ghana among the top 10 world’s largest e-waste dump site.

April 8: Boxer Ayittey Powers has reveals he wants his bout with Bukom Banku which was rescheduled recently for the 16th of May put on hold.

Speaking in an interview with Citi Sports the Chief Executive Officer of Box Office Promotions, Alex Ntiamoah says he has been petitioned in a meeting with the boxer’s representatives to delay the fight till further notice due to the boxer’s lack of preparedness both mentally and physically.

April 13: Paul Afoko has unseats the incumbent Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Jake Obetsebi Lamptey. Mr Afoko won the Chairmanship contest with 2032 votes. Stephen Ntim polled 1502. The incumbent, Jake Obetsebi Lamptey polled an unbelievable 66 votes and Fred Oware polled 1,035.

April 13: The newly elected national chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Paul Afoko urges all members of the party to unite and win power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 2016 elections. In his acceptance speech after a prolonged battle to win the position, Mr. Afoko said: “As you go home, prepare for government, prepare for power.”

May 3: Self-acclaimed dancehall king, Shatta Wale named the Artiste of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). Aside winning the much coveted award in Ghana’s music industry, Shata Wale, also won the Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year and the Vodafone Most Popular Song of the Year.

May 15: Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko wins a 12-round unanimous decision over rival Ayittey Powers to run his perfect record to 27-0 in a non-title “Judgement Day” bout. The 34-year-old Bukom based boxer won after three judges scored the bout 117-109, 119-100 and 120-108.

May 16: Lawrence Nana Asiama Hanson (Bulldog), arrested for the murder of Fennec Okyere, manager of musician, Kwaw Kese. Bulldog was arrested Thursday afternoon after investigations by the Homicide Unit of the Police Criminal Investigative Department (CID) pointed to him as the prime suspect.

May 20: Under-fire I.T company, Subah Infosolutions implicated in the purchase of motorbikes for the nationwide street naming and property addressing projects. A document intercepted by citifmonline.com indicates that government [Local Government and Rural Development] has directed Regional Ministers and Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to make payment for motorbikes and field equipment that will be used for the nationwide street naming exercise.

May 21: The ceiling of the Emergency Children’s Block of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital caved in following a heavy downpour in Accra on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. This compelled the hospital authorities to relocate about 30 children from the Emergency Ward to one of the main wards located on the second floor of the adjacent block.

May 22: Minority Leader in Parlaiment, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has told Citi News, the resumption of business in Parliament, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, has been postponed to June 3 due to financial difficulties.

May 24: The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur announces that government would make available the full report of the Senchi Forum to the public in a week. According to him, the report features 22 points of specific policies to deal with the long term sources of financing from the private sector.

May 27: Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital embarked on a demonstration to express their displeasure over the unavailability of drugs and some basic working equipment. According to the nurses ‘’the unavailability of medicine in the hospital pharmacy put them and their patients in danger’’.

May 29: ECOWAS summit opened in Accra with security situation in Mali and Nigeria dominating discussions at the one-day extraordinary meeting in Accra.

May 30: President John Mahama sacks Local Government and Rural Development Minister, Mr Akwasi Oppong-Fosu in a ministerial reshuffle. He is replaced by the Eastern Regional Minister, Julius Debrah. It is unclear whether he was relieved of his post because of the waste management crisis in the country at the time.

June 1: Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko set to miss the 2014 World Cup after suffering an ankle injury during the Black Stars’ friendly against Holland. The Turkey-based defender will undergo surgery on the ankle injury that could keep him out of action for about three months.

June 4: The Forbes Magazine has names Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II as Africa’s 5th richest king. Forbes estimated Otumfuo’s net worth at $10 million dollars sourcing his wealth from his engagement in mining equipment, property and jewelry.

June 11: The Bui Power Authority (BPA) stops generating power following its announced cut in generation capacity. The authority earlier complained about the dwindling level of water in the dam compelling it to limit the generation capacity to an average of about 1.44 million kilowatt-hours per day.

June 22: The Ameer and Missionary in charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in Ghana, Maulvi Dr Wahab A. Adam dies. Dr Wahab A. Adam died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra after a protracted illness.

June 22: A UK newspaper, The Telegraph has accuses the Ghana Football Association and its President, Kwesi Nyantakyi of involving in match fixing deals. According to the newspaper report, “the President of Ghana’s Football Association agreed for the team to play in international matches that others were prepared to rig. ” This was revealed after an undercover investigation by The Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

June 24: Petrol shortage hits Accra. Citi News checks revealed severe petrol shortage Accra with fuel station attendants turning away motorists.

June 24: The Deputy Sports Minister, Joseph Yamin reveals government’s airlifting of $3million cash to pay the appearance fee for the Black Stars at the World Cup Tournament in Brazil. He confirmed that the Black Stars will by Wednesday, June 25, receive the money due them.

June 28: President John Dramani Mahama re-assigns the Minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his Deputy Joseph Yammin. This comes a few days after the Black Stars were eliminated from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah moves to the Presidency as a Minister of State, while his deputy, Joseph Yammin moves to the Ashanti Region to take over from Joseph Alexander Ackon who has been re-assigned to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection.

June 29: Black Stars quietly arrive in Accra after their first round exit in the 2014 World Cup. The team touched down at about 2pm GMT on Sunday, 29th June but there were no usual cheers and crowds to welcome them back and the players were even on the quiet as they were not too eager to speak to the press. Rather, they quickly boarded the team bus and departed for their hotel.

July 1: #OccupyFlagStaffHouse demonstration takes place at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra after the Police denied the protesters permission to picket at the Flagstaff House. The demonstrators later massed up at the TV3 premises near the Flagstaff House in a bid to get access into the Flagstaff House.

About two government officials approached the protesters to receive the petition on behalf of the President but were turned away with a demand of seeing the President personally. Deputy Chief of Staff, Valery Sawyer later received the petition on behalf of the President.

July: 6: Hiplife Musician, Castro is feared dead after reportedly drowning in a Jet Ski accident in Ada. Reports said the celebrated and award-winning Ghanaian musician was trying to save a female friend, Janet Bandu from drowning when he drowned.

July 8: Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan is hopeful that missing Hiplife Artiste, Castro and his female friend, Janet will be found to put their family at ease. The two went missing after a Jet Ski accident at Ada.

July 10: Over 200 Ghanaians who entered Brazil as tourists to watch World Cup games ask for asylum. Noerci da Silva Melo who heads the Federal Police office in the city of Caxias do Sul revealed the Ghanaians said they were Muslims who were “fleeing the violent conflicts between different Muslim groups.”

July 16: President John Dramani Mahama nominates Ekwow Spio Garbrah to join his executive team as part of a re-alignment of his government. The President nominated the former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), as Minister for Trade and Industry.

July 23: The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur presents the Senchi Report to the President at the Flagstaff House in Accra. The report covers all major areas aimed at restoring economic stability for Ghana and the stimulation of growth.

July 24: Nationwide workers demonstration declared by Organised Labour rocks Ghana.

July 29: The Supreme Court unanimously orders businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome to refund GhȻ 51.2 million to the state. The court was ruling on a review application filed by a former Attorney General, Mr Martin Amidu. Although the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in his favour in June 2013, Martin Amidu applied for Judicial Review in what he termed a miscarriage of justice.

July 30: The Supreme Court unanimously grants a perpetual injunction restraining the Electoral Commission (EC) from using the National Health Insurance Card in its current form as an identity card for voter registrations. The Supreme Court granted the reliefs which was sought by the National Youth Organiser of the Peoples National Convention Abu Ramadan.

August 6: A Presidential Staffer, Stan Dobge engages in a Social Media battle of insults with Kofi Bentil, Vice-President of IMANI Ghana. The two were engaged in a war of words after a post by Mr. Bentil describing the John Mahama led administration as ‘liars’ didn’t go down well with Stan Dogbe who replied Mr. Bentil to contest as a Member of Parliament to test his “credibility”.

August 8: The 2012 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo Addo cruises to victory in the first of the party’s primaries for the 2016 presidential candidate. Out of 741 ballots cast, Nana Akufo-Addo polled 598 votes representing 81.28 percent of total votes cast while his closest contender, Alan Kyerematen obtained 59 votes representing 8.01 percent.

August 12: Government postpones the reopening date for the 2014/2015 academic year of all tertiary institutions in the country for two weeks. According to a statement signed by the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman, ‘’acting on the advice of the Inter-Ministerial Team on the Ebola viral disease, government has decided that the commencement of the 2014/2015 academic year be postponed by at least two weeks’’.

August 14: President Mahama has directs the Ministry of Finance to release of GHC 6 milllion to fight the Ebola epidemic. A statement signed by the Minister of Communication said 10,000 protective gears are to be procured for frontline workers in health, immigration and other agencies who may come into contact with persons carrying the disease.

August 15: Former President Jerry John Rawlings says it is embarrassing for Ghana to be experiencing an annual outbreak of cholera. He indicated that in an era where the issue of sanitation has been effectively tackled in many parts of the world, it is a shame Ghana is still grappling with it.

August 16: The General Secretary of the Christian Council, Rev Opuni says the growing spate of demonstrations by civil society groups and Ghanaians indicates a loss of confidence in government. He said though government has constantly indicated that it is taking measures to resolve Ghana’s economic challenges, the rising cost of living shows otherwise.

August 19: A press conference by the national executives of Ghana’s main opposition, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) turns bloody on when some angry party youth stormed the headquarters with machetes. Some supporters of the party who were present sustained various degrees of injuries while a vehicle belonging to the national women’s organizer, Otiko Djaba was vandalized.

September 6: Baffour Gyan, elder brother of Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan is arrested by the Kumasi Police following allegations he masterminded an attack on Daily Graphic journalist, Daniel Kenu who was assaulted and chased out of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium during a training session of the Black Stars.

September 12: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) confirms parting ways with Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah. In a statement released by the association, they “have agreed to mutually part ways.”

September 15: The Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited, Ken Ashigbey indicates his company will pursue justice for a member of his staff who was assaulted by the brother of Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan.

September 15: The chairman of the Economic Community for West African Countries (ECOWAS), President John Mahama, visits the three West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak of the Ebola virus. The one-day visit will enable him hold discussions with his colleague Heads of State on available sub-regional and international interventions to support efforts aimed at containing and managing the outbreak.

September 18: The National Accreditation Board (NAB) warns public against four universities that have not been accredited, yet have gone ahead to confer honorary degrees on some individuals in the country. The four universities are; Day Spring Christian University of Mississippi, Pan African Clergy Council and Bible College, Global Centre for Transformational Leadership and the World Council for Evangelical Clergy.

September 19: Graphic journalist, Daniel Kenu drops all assault charges against brother of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, Baffour, on health grounds. The Kumasi-based journalist told the Kumasi Circuit Court in its hearing on Friday he wants to discontinue the case, in a move that surprised all gathered at the court premises.

September 16: The Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Lauretta Vivian Lamptey is accused of spending $180,000 on rent. A document cited by Citi News indicates that since assuming office three years ago, Ms Lamptey is yet to move into her official residence which is still under renovation with several variations at cost of GHC 182,000.

September 23: Ghana initiates arbitration proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), seeking a declaration that it has not encroached on Cote d’Ivoire’s territorial waters in the exploration of oil. The decision follows failed negotiations between the two countries in the past few years, as well as continued receipt of threatening letters from Cote d’Ivoire by oil companies operating in the disputed area.

September 25: The National Identification Authority (NIA) decides to undertake a fresh registration of all Ghanians under an “expanded registration project”. The decision by the governing board of the NIA comes six years after the authority began a mass registration exercise, completing it in seven regions and parts of the three northern regions; and card distribution exercises in parts of the Greater Accra Region. So far, Ghana has spent about GH¢21,621,075 on the mass registration and card distribution exercises. To implement its plans, the authority has successfully negotiated a $115 million facility from Exim China, which is awaiting approval by the Cabinet and Parliament.

September 29: The Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Enterprise Support(YES) Fund, Kojo Adu Asare is relieved of his post. It is unclear whether Mr. Adu Asare’s sacking is related to his role as head of the one of the Committees that executed the plan for Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup.

October 2: Officials of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) uncover a GH¢7.9 million deep-rooted rot at the National Service Secretariat (NSS). The amount represents the allowance paid to 22,612 non-existent service persons in more than 100 districts across the country in July. It also emerged that some high-ranking officials of the NSS paid GH¢200,000 to BNI investigators to conceal the rot.

October 8: Musician Shatta Wale is hit by a law suit brought against him by events company Charterhouse. The company is suing the musician for defamation and is seeking damages of GHc10 million. The controversial musician and self-acclaimed Dancehall King, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jnr. aka Shatta Wale descended heavily on Charterhouse in a series of videos released online.

October 16: The government of Ghana confirms the receipt of a letter from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to be on standby to host the next African Cup. Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga told Citi News in an exclusive interview that the football governing body saw Ghana as one country with a potential to quickly host the showpiece.

October 27: The former District Chief Executive(DCE) for Ahafo Ano South in the Ashanti region, Gabriel Barima aka ‘Tweeaa DCE’ is renominated by President John Dramani Mahama.

October 28: Two people are reported injured after a Takoradi bound Starbow aircraft made an emergency landing. The plane made a flapless landing after a hydraulic fault was detected by the pilot, and injuring some passengers in the process.

October 28: Lydia Forson, in a humorous letter shared on social media requests to offer herself as a companion to Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams following his comments to the effect that, women must see love proposal and decision by men to marry them as a “privilege”.

October 30: A report released by the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) indicates that Ghana made about US$846,767,184 (GHc1, 645,585) from the petroleum revenue in 2013. This brings cumulative revenue received since 2011 to US$1.833 billion equivalent to GHc3.291 billion.

November 8: Ghanaian musician Itz Tiffany responds to the release of her “sextape” saying: “I’m not new to this.” The one-minute video which has gone viral on social media, appears to show the female artiste in an intimate position with a male companion.

November 19: The Finance Minister, Seth Terkper announces in the 2015 budget, government’s intention to introduce a Special Petroleum Tax of 17.5%. The new tax policy will however exclude premix fuel and residual fuel oil for industries.

November 19: The Ashanti Regional Editor of the Daily Graphic newspaper, Daniel Kenu, who was allegedly assaulted by thugs led by Baffour Gyan, the elder brother of Asamoah Gyan is dismissed. Mr. Kenu dragged the Gyan brothers to court after the incident with full support from the Graphic Communication Group Limited, but he surprised his bosses by dropping the case without notifying them, citing health and other personal reasons.

November 22: President John Dramani Mahama has creates a new Ministry of Power and nominates MP for Pru East and Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Dr. Kwabena Donkor to head it.

November 26: Nine more people arrested in connection with the cocaine bust involving a Ghanaian woman, Nayele Ametefe in the UK. The nine arrested include the two ladies said to have travelled with Nayele Ametefeh.

November 27: Former Chelsea manager, Avram Grant, confirmed new head coach of Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars. The appointment was confirmed at a press conference by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) by the association’s president, Kwesi Nyantakyi.

November 27: The Ghanaian woman who was busted for carrying 12.5kg of cocaine into the United Kingdom pleads guilty to all the charges leveled against her in a court in London. The woman, Ruby Appiah, alias Nayele Ametefeh pleaded guilty to carrying cocaine to the UK.

November 27: The Founder of the International Gods Way Church, Bishop Daniel Obinim hits back at former President Rawlings for criticising his ministry and his healing methods. Obinim took the opportunity during one of his church service to “deal” with former President Rawlings. “You Rawlings, all the nonsense you spoke about me is captured on a video on my phone. Your own people called me to tell what you said about me and advised that I shouldn’t mind you. Because of the respect I have for you, I didn’t say anything. I respect you and all my pastors respect you so respect yourself as a former President.”

December 9: The Attorney General’s Department has announces it has so far retrieved GH¢14.5 million from persons who were awarded and paid illegal monies under the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA).

December 10: The rate at which the prices of goods and services change in Ghana hits 17% for the month of November, the highest in the last four years.

December 16: The Office of the President overspends by about 100%, its budgetary allocation for 2014 according to its own report to Parliament. Parliament approved a ceiling of GHC30,929,343 but according to a report from the Finance Committee of Parliament, the Presidency spent GHC75,917,714 between January and September only.

December 21: The National Coordinator of the National Disaster Management (NADMO), Kofi Portuphy, unseats the incumbent National Chairman of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr. Kwabena Adjei. He won the position by 2,457 votes compared to the 316 by the incumbent Dr. Kwabena Adjei.

December 23: The six persons standing trial in the Nayele Ametepe cocaine saga granted bail by an Accra Circuit court. The presiding Judge, Justice Francis Obiri pegged the bail amount at GHC 100,000 with three sureties.

December 30: Embattled hiplife artiste, Kwaw Kese granted bail. His lawyers managed to secure his bail ahead of his next court date on January 5.

Source: citifmonline.com

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