The Ga Traditional Council (GTC) has placed a ban on drumming and noise-making in the traditional area starting from May 13 to June 13, 2019.
The one-month long ban is a custom that precedes the celebration of the Homowo Festival of the chiefs and people of Ga Mashie.
Addressing the press, the acting President of the GTC, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II called on religious bodies and residents within Accra to abide by the directive.
He explained that prayers will be made for the country during the period of the ban.
He called on the public to observe the ban in the interest of peace, harmony and national security.
“On the 13th May to 13th June 2019 during this period, the gods will pray for plenty harvest… We will also pray for mother Ghana and will also pray against any forthcoming evil. The ban on drumming and noise making will take effect on 13th May to 13th June thereof we should all observe in the interest of peace, harmony and national security.” he said.
The 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.
By: Jude Mensa Duncan | Citinewsroom.com | Ghana | firstname.lastname@example.org