Residents of Meduma, a suburb of Kumasi, are having sleepless nights due to loud noise emanating from a community Information Centre which only operates in the night.

They are convinced that when measured the decibel scale of the noise runs beyond 130 units that causes noise pollution especially at night when they need to retire after the day?s work.

Community Information Centers serve as avenues to make announcements in localities in Ghana, especially where FM signals are not strong enough for residents to use their radio sets.

Announcements on issues of importance affecting the lives of the people are made and in some cases the centres are able to re-transmit broadcasts by popular radio stations in the country.

What seem strange about this facility at Meduma is that it is not named, without signboard and contact information. The residents are therefore wondering if it is registered.

The residents are pleading with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly intervene to call the nocturnal disc jockey (DJ) to order since all attempts to dialogue with him have proved futile and their health is in jeopardy.

Speaking to journalists, a property owner in the neighbourhood, Alhaji Hamidu Ibrahim Baryeh, was not happy with the night activities of the center which he says only plays music without any announcement as is typical of many other community information centers scattered in the country.

?Different DJs come to the information center at night and only play music without even making any announcements and we just can?t have peace and silence at night in our own homes? he said.

He complained that he is having sleepless nights and he is also worried about his health and that of his family especially children who have to wake up early to prepare for school after being denied sleep.

He revealed that many home owners have decided to relocate away from Meduma after the management of the center have failed to comply with pleads from residents to abide by the acceptable decibel required by law.

?What has even become worrying to us is that herbalists who claim to have remedies for all kinds of diseases are given the opportunity to also come to the center to advertise their herbal concoction without regard to regulations set by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)? he adds.

A mechanic at Suame-Magazine, Kwaku Agyei, who rents a one-bedroom apartment says he regrets his decision to relocate to Meduma from his Krofrom where he was uncomfortable with the vibrant nightlife.

?I now come home very late with the hope that they (information center) might have closed, but I am always wrong most of the time? he told this paper.

Efforts by this reporter to contact owners of the information centre has proved futile as the centre looks abandoned during the day and at night only few staff are present.

He has also failed to contact this paper after the cell and email contact were left at the information center for him to contact us for comments.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) is faced with the challenge of noise making in the city at day and night by religious persons and advertisers. Plans were made in the past to team up with the EPA to stop noise makers but this seems to have been abandoned.

 

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