The Ga Traditional Council has declared a ban on noise making and drumming, effective from May 15 to June 15, 2023.
The month-long ban falls in line with preparations ahead of the celebration of the Homowo festival. The ban affects any form of noise-making, including the use of loudspeakers, drums, tambourines, funeral rites and roadside evangelism.
Interacting with the media, the Public Relations Officer of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh, encouraged people to abide by the month-long restriction while stating that a task force has been created to enforce and pursue 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.
Read below the full statement by the Council: