Ten evangelists sanctioned by AMA for lack of preaching permit and noisemaking

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The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has sanctioned ten evangelists for making noise and preaching on the street without a permit.

According to a news report on the assembly’s website, five other people who used public address systems to sell products in the Central Business District (CBD) met the same fate as the preachers.

The perpetrators are said to have violated the 2017 AMA Abatement of Noise Bye-Law.

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“Public Health Officers of the Assembly issued the notices on Friday, July 15, 2022 when they stormed the CBD to enforce the Abatement of Noise Bye-Law,” a report on ama.gov.gh said.

According to the Ghana Standards Protection Requirement for Ambient Noise Control Code GS 122: 2018, the permissible noise level within commercial areas should be 75 decibels (dbs) during the day and 65dbs at night, while areas with residential, trading, and light industrial activities should be 60dbs during the day and 65dbs at night.

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According to Section 9 of the AMA Abatement of Noise Bye-Law, public preachers are required to obtain a street preaching permit from the AMA, which requires them to conduct their activities between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. while adhering to the permissible noise level.

According to the website, he explained that under the Abatement of Noise Bye-law, churches or religious institutions conducting services shall not allow music to be played or preach at a service so loud as to cause disturbances to residents in an area, and that such services must take place between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.

“A person shall not within 100 metres of a hospital, clinic or other places used for the treatment of sickness or public library, blow any musical instrument. The horn of a motor vehicle shall also not make unnecessary noise.” Ankrah said.

He revealed that the assembly is preparing to crack down on noisemaking in its catchment area and has purchased new dosimeters for that purpose.

He warned that anyone who violates the bylaw commits an offense and faces a fine of up to 100 penalty units on summary conviction.

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