For the next month, residents living in the Accra metropolis are expected to observe the traditional ban on noise-making that starts today.
This precedes the annual Homowo festival which takes place in June.
The Ga traditional council expects religious bodies especially to adhere to the ban.
The usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches or mosques and noise levels be minimized to the barest limits possible.
The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques and pubs are banned. Roadside evangelists are also expected to cease their activities during this period.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has set the following guidelines to ensure full compliance with the directive:
- During the period of the ban, the usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches/mosques and noise levels be minimized to the barest limits possible.
- Religious bodies and the Traditional Authorities must show respect for one another and restrain their followers from making derogatory and inflammatory remarks about the beliefs and practices of one another.
- The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques, and pubs are banned. Roadside evangelists are to cease their activities during this period.
- Apart from an identifiable task force which consists of AMA personnel, the Police Service and Representatives from the Traditional Councils with tags, no other person or group of persons should be seen or found enforcing the reduction of noise in the metropolis.
Boundaries to be affected are:
- Northern Boundary: Boundary dividing Accra from the Eastern Region.
- Western Boundary: Odukpon Kpehe (Kasoa)
- Eastern Boundary: Osu Also, residents are to note that all villages and towns under the Osu, Ngleshie Alata and Ga Traditional Councils are affected by this ban.