Ban on drumming starts in Accra

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Ban on drumming and noise making takes effect today, May 13 in parts of Accra, traditional authorities have announced.

The ban will last till June 13 to pave way for the popular Homowo festival celebrated by the Gas.                 

A statement signed by the head of Public Affairs for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Gilbert Nii Ankrah, urged all communities under the Ga and Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council to adhere to the ban.                

The AMA has set out guidelines to ensure the full compliance with the directive for the purpose of peace, harmony and national security.    

These guidelines are:

1. During the period of the ban, the noise level of the usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches or mosque at the barest limit possible.                

2. Religious bodies and the Traditional Authorities must show respect for one another and restrain their followers from making derogatory remarks about the beliefs and practice of another.         

3. Aside identifiable task force consisting of AMA personnel, Police Service and Representative from the Traditional Council with tags should be seen enforcing the abatements of noise in the metropolis.              

The one-month long ban is a custom that precedes the celebration of the Homowo Festival of the chiefs and people of Ga Mashie.

By Emmanuel Amewugah, Daily Mail GH

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