Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, yesterday marked the beginning of the ban on drumming and noise making in the Ga State, with a call on all Gas, the Greater Accra Regional House Of Chiefs (GARHCs) and the National House of Chiefs (NHCs) to offer him the needed support to enable him realise his vision of making Ga State work again.
To this end, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II stressed the need for all Ga chiefs and Gas to join hands with him because his rule was non-partisan.
“They should all come together to help me make Ga State great and strong again,” King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II made this call when he joined thousands of Gas yesterday to mark the beginning of the ban on drumming and noise making.
Against this background, the Ga Mantse called on all churches, mosques and other religious bodies to desist from making noise as the ban took effect yesterday [Monday, May 14, 2018] in order to usher in the celebration of the annual Homowo festival.
He impressed upon the people in the Ga State to ensure peace before, during and after this year’s annual Homowo festival.
He noted that “All truth-loving Gas must rally behind me [King Tackie Tsuru II] so that together we can transform Ga State”.
He made it clear that he was not installed by any political party.
According to him, he was installed by the Principal Kingmaker of Ga Paramount Stool, Dr Nii Tettey Kwei II, through the right traditional processes and by the right kingmakers on the strength of the 2014 ruling by the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, who declared Nii Adama Latse’s installation as null and void.
Again, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II pleaded with Ga Dangmes to unite.
He indicated that his paramount commitment was to work with all the Ga chiefs, traditional office holders, chieftaincy institutions to develop a human-centred approach to stop chieftaincy and land disputes in Ga communities.
Meanwhile, a statement signed by the Head of the Public Affairs Department of Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mr Gilbert Nii Ankrah, and copied to Today has outlined the following guidelines to ensure full compliance with the directive.
According to the statement, during the period of the ban, the usual form of worship should be confined to the premises of churches/mosques and noise levels must be minimised to the barest limit possible.
It said religious bodies and 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
The statement asserted that the positioning of loudspeakers outside the premises of churches, mosques, and pubs were also banned during this period.
It stressed that roadside evangelists are to cease their activities during this period.
“Apart from an identifiable task force who consists of AMA personnel, the 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,” it explained.
It added that boundaries to be affected include the northern boundary dividing Accra from the Eastern Region, Western boundary: Odukpon Kpehe (Kasoa) Eastern boundary, Osu. In addition, noting that residents are to note that all villages and towns under the Osu, Ngleshie Alata and Ga Traditional Councils are affected by this ban.
The statement added that all villages and towns under the Osu, Ngleshie Alata and Ga Traditional Councils were equally affected by the ban.
Story: Kwamena ANASE & Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU