The Ga Traditions Council (GTC) has announced that the annual drumming and noise ban will go into effect from 15 May to 15 June 2023 as part of preparations for this year’s Homowo festival.
According to the GTC, the ban covers all forms of noise within Ga state, including loudspeakers, drums, tambourines, roadside evangelism, hand clapping, use of any kind of musical instrument, and holding funerals.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra, Public Relations Officer of the Council, Lartey Anum Tetteh explained that prayers during this period would focus on peace, love, tranquility and the good spirit of the country.
He revealed that task forces would be set up along with REGSEC and various city, regional and district councils to monitor and ensure compliance with the ban in collaboration with the Ghanaian Police and other security agencies.
According to him, culprits who fail to comply risk being prosecuted.
The council called on the public to heed and abide by the prohibition rules in order to maintain peace, harmony and security in Ga. The council also asked Ga religious groups, traditional councils and other interest groups to comply with the one-month ban and avoid making disparaging remarks about the ceremonies, customs, customs, customs and beliefs of the Ga people.
Guidelines set to ensure full compliance include limiting normal forms of worship to church/mosque premises where noise levels are as low as possible; Prohibition, roadside evangelism, etc.
Aside from a specific task force composed of AMA personnel, police and council representatives who use traditional markers, the GTC has no other persons or groups working to enhance noise abatement in the city.
In this regard, the Ga Mantse rewarded Nathaniel Nii Antiaye Codjoe, a University of Cape Coast (UCC) Medical Graduate and recipient of 16 of 22 awards at the University’s 55th College of Health and Allied Sciences.
Speaking at the hoonorary ceremony in Accra, the Ga Mantse described the young doctor as a role model for his colleagues and young people in Nga Dammeh.
“You are an example of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. We see great potential in you and believe you will achieve great things,” he said.