The one-month ban on all forms of noise making, as imposed by the Ga Traditional Council takes effect today Monday, May 13.
It will span a period of one month, ending on Thursday, June 13.
The ban is in accordance with traditional rights that precede the celebration of the Homowo festival by the Ga-Adangme people.
The Ga Traditional Council has said that it expects religious bodies especially to adhere to the ban.
The usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches or mosques and noise levels be minimized to the barest limits possible.
At a press conference held at the Kaneshie Palace of the Ga Mantse in Accra last week, the Acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, who is also the Otublohum Mantse, announced guidelines for the observation of the one-month long ban.
He stressed that within the period of the ban, all forms of worship ought to be confined to church and mosque premises, adding that noise-making including hand clapping would not be countenanced.
Nii Nsaki added that the use of noisy musical instruments would not be tolerated during the period.
“Roadside evangelists should avoid the use of noise-making equipment while the positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches and mosques is hereby banned during the period,” he stressed.
He also stressed that funeral service had also been banned during the period of the ban.
Nii Nsaki also announced that a task force had been formed by the traditional council to collaborate with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the police to enforce the guidelines during the period of the ban.
He called on the Christian Council of Ghana (CCG) and other Christian groups as well as the leadership of the Islamic community to restrain their members from acting in a manner that would flout the ban on noise making.
“The general Christian and Islamic communities, as well as traditional authorities, must show respect to one another and restrain their followers from making derogatory statements about the beliefs and practices of one another religion in the interest of peaceful co-existence,” he said.
He urged members of the public to bear with the traditional council within the period of the ban.
The one-month long ban is a custom that precedes the celebration of the Homowo Festival of the chiefs and people of Ga Mashie.