May 30, 2024

The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) has urged the christian bodies within the Ga traditional area to comply with the directives by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) as ban on all forms of noise-making and drumming has begun.

Speaking in an interview, the General Secretary of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Immanuel Nii Okuley Tettey said Christians should not defy the order because of their belief.

Adding that failure to comply with the directives will tarnish the image of the Christian bodies since they have to set an example in all things.

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:

1. 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.

2. The positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques, and pubs are banned. Roadside evangelists are to cease their activities during this period.

3. 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.

4. Other guidelines by the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) include a ban on funeral rites and their related activities.

5. 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.

According to Apostle Immanuel N. O Tettey the one month ban on all forms of noise-making and drumming should not be something strange to churches.