A statement from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has cautioned that apart from representatives from the Ga Traditional Council, AMA personnel and the Police Service, no individual or group of persons are to enforce the Ga tradition that abhors drumming and noise making.

This latest statement from the AMA is ostensibly to avert the situation where unscrupulous persons engage in extortion from residents under the pretext of enforcing the ban.

Over the years, there have been serious clashes between Christians and some Ga youth and taskforce over the observing of the ban.

There has also been several reports of some Ga youth storming homes of some residents to seize their radio sets or extort monies from them under the guise of enforcing ban on noise-making.

This year?s ban on drumming and noise making in the Ga State is to usher in the Homowo festival which started yesterday, May 6, and would be lifted on June 6.

Traditionally, the ban is observed and revered during which maize is planted to indicate good harvest for the chiefs and people of the Ga State.

The preparation to celebrate Homowo would accordingly start in August after the ban is lifted.

The statement also cautioned residents in Accra, particularly worship centres, operators of drinking spots, restaurants and bars to co-operate by heeding to the directive and minimise noise making to the barest degree.

STORY: PHILIP KUMI

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