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Ban on noise making begins May 15

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A ban on drumming and noise making has been declared by the Ga Traditional Council, and it will be in effect from May 15 until June 15, 2023.

The one-month restriction is a part of the celebrations for the Homowo festival this year.

Any type of noise-making is prohibited, including the use of loudspeakers, tambourines, drums, funeral services, and roadside evangelism.

The Ga Traditional Council’s Public Relations Officer, Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh, spoke to the media on behalf of the Ga Mantse and urged the public to observe the month-long ban, noting that a task force had been formed to prosecute offenders.

The following guidelines have been set to ensure full compliance with the directive:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques and pubs are banned. Roadside evangelists are to cease their activities during this period.

4. 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 abatement 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 in addition, residents are to note that all villages and towns under the Osu, Ngleshie Alata and Ga Traditional Councils are affected by this ban.

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