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Greater Accra Regional Minister Orders Compliance with Homowo Festival Ban on Noise Making and Drumming

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The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Henry Quartey, has directed the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and various Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to ensure strict compliance with the ban on noise making and drumming during the Homowo festival in the region. A task force comprising the REGSEC, the police and other security agencies has been established to arrest and prosecute offenders who fail to comply with the directive.

Speaking at a news conference to launch the observance of the annual “Nmaa Dumo” ban on noise making and drumming, Mr Quartey emphasized that the performance of customary rites preceding the Homowo festival does not infringe on religious freedom nor connote any fetish practices as misconstrued by some Christian groups. He urged religious bodies not to interfere with the peaceful observance of the festival.

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In a statement, Numo Akwaa Mensah III, the Chief Priest of the Ga State, disclosed that the ban on drumming and noise making will begin on Monday, May 15, and end on Thursday, June 15, 2023. The ban covers all forms of noise making including loudspeakers, drums during funerals, and musical instruments within the Ga State.

“All worship centres should confine their activities within their church premises, positioning of loudspeakers in mosque and roadside evangelism, use of megaphones, funeral rites and its related activities are also banned during this period,” he added.

In his remarks, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the Ga Mantse and the President of the Ga Traditional Council, implored the public to comply with the rules regarding the ban on drumming and noise making to maintain peace, harmony and security within the Ga State. He also urged the public to refrain from making derogatory remarks about the rites, customs, practices, and beliefs of the Ga people.

In a nutshell, the Greater Accra Regional Minister has directed the REGSEC and various MMDAs to monitor and ensure compliance with the ban on noise making and drumming during the Homowo festival. A task force has been set up to arrest and prosecute offenders who fail to comply.

The ban covers all forms of noise making, including religious activities, and will last from May 15 to June 15, 2023. The public is urged to comply with the rules and respect the customs, practices and beliefs of the Ga people.

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