Today, May 15, 2023, marks the beginning of a one-month ban on all drumming and loud noise-making in Accra.
The restriction is part of the Ga people’s preparations for the Homowo festival.
In a statement, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) asked people within the catchment areas to abide by the mandate and reminded communities within its control of the annual process.
Any type of noise-making is prohibited, including the use of loudspeakers, tambourines, drums, funeral rituals, and roadside evangelism.
Henry Quartey, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, had stated that the Regional Security Council will ensure that the regional prohibition would be strictly followed.
Prior statement from the AMA
“The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) wishes to inform all residents in its jurisdiction that, this year’s ban on drumming and noise-making commences from Monday 15th May to Thursday 15th June 2023. It has therefore set the following guidelines in the interest of peace, harmony, and national security:
- During the period of the ban, churches are expected to carry out their activities within their premises and refrain from the use of musical instruments.
- The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques, and pubs are banned. Roadside evangelists are to cease their activities during this period.
- 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.
- Other guidelines by the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) include a ban on funeral rites and their related activities.
- Apart from an identifiable task force that consists of AMA personnel, the Ghana 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.
By this notice, we entreat all persons, towns, and villages within the Ga Traditional Area to cooperate and comply with the directive accordingly during this period.”