Management of the church is required to appear before Niimei of the Ga Traditional Council on Thursday, June 22, at the Ga Mantse Palace Kaneshie in Accra.
Though the Council did not explicitly state the reasons for the summoning the Management of the church, sources say it is in connection with the ban on noise-making.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and Ga Traditional Council on Sunday, May 21, said, “You are hereby summoned to appear before Niimei of the Ga Traditional Council on Thursday 22nd June 2023 at 10: 00 am prompt at the Ga Mantse Palace Kaneshie, Accra. Take note that, failure to appear before Niimei will lead to further action against you”.
The one-month ban on all forms of noise-making and drumming in Accra took effect on May 15, 2023.
The ban is part of preparations for the celebration of the Homowo festival by the Ga people.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) in a statement reminded residents under its jurisdiction of the annual exercise and urged persons within catchment areas to comply with the directive.
The ban affects any form of noise-making, including the use of loudspeakers, drums, tambourines, funeral rites, and roadside evangelism.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey had said the Regional Security Council will ensure strict adherence to the ban within the region.
Below is an earlier 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.