The Ga Traditional Council (GTC) headed by His Majesty King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II has called on the general public not to listen to the misleading reportage of the Ghanaian media practitioners about the current imposition of a total ban on drumming and noisemaking within the Accra metropolis as the Council prepares to organize this year's annual Homowo festival for the chiefs and people of the Ga State.
The GTC fuming with anger rubbish media reports to the effect that the churches in the Accra metropolis are excluded or exempted from the annual ban on drumming and noise-making in the Ga State which would take effect from Monda,y May 9, 2022, to Monda,y June 9, 202,2 in the preparation towards this year's annual Homowo festival.
In a strongly worded rejoinder to the Daily Guide publication on its front page on May 5, 2022 edition with the screaming headline; "Churches Excluded From Ban On Drumming And Noisemaking," the GTC stated categorically that the contents of the said publication by the local newspaper are untrue.
The rejoinder was copied to this news outlet and signed by the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Laryeh Anum Tetteh. noted that all churches within Accra are not excluded from the annual ban on drumming and noisemaking.
"We wish to reiterate that the ban on drumming and noisemaking commences from Monday, May 9, 2022, to Monday, May 9, 2022.
"The one-month long ban affects any form of noise-making including the use of loudspeakers, drums, tambourine, clapping of hands and the use of any form of musical instruments within the communities in the Ga State," the rejoining emphasized.
It stressed that "We would like to admonish the general public to take note and act accordingly as they have done over the period. We further entreat all and sundry to respect the Ga customs, practices, usage, and beliefs.
The two-page rejoinder urged the media to give credence to any false publications or any derogatory remarks which go contrary to the rules regarding the ban on drumming and noisemaking which would commence on Monday, May 9, 2022.
The rejoinder further called on the media practitioners to be circumspect in their reportage during this period and refrain from serving as a medium by which certain scrupulous persons set their selfish agendas.
It reiterated that a task force has been put together within the various Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to work with the police to monitor, ensure compliance and prosecute persons found to be defying the ban.
The GTC said the Ga State expects churches to carry out their activities within their premises and also avoid clapping of hands and the use of musical instruments.
It further announced that other guidelines by the Ga State include; all worship centers should confine their activities to within their church premises, noise-making including clapping of hands, the use of tambourine, and other musical instruments should be avoided during this period and the positioning of loudspeakers outside church premises and mosques is banned during this period.
The rest are roadside evangelism and the use of megaphones and other loudspeakers should be avoided during this period. and funeral rites and their related activities are also banned within this period.
The lifting of the ban will be at the forecourt of Gbese Mantse’s palace on June 9, 2022.