Religion for Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Environmental health officials from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) have arrested a church operating in a house in Zoti near Korle-bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The El-Roi Community, a non-denominational prayer center founded by Apostle James Asuako Sarkordie, was arrested for operating without a license and making noise, including near a health facility.
AMA Health Director Madame Florence Kuukyi, who ordered the task force to dismantle the tent under which the prayer session was taking place, said the owner had amended the building permit covering the house by organizing church activities to disturb the tenants of the house.
She said holding religious activities in the house was not part of her original license; therefore, they cannot continue to function.
She explained that according to the Ghana Health Protection Standard Requirements for Ambient Noise Control Code GS 1222:2018, the permitted noise produced in residential areas should be 55 db during the day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 48 db at night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
She added that areas with educational, healthcare and office facilities, among others, should be 55 decibels (db) during the day and 50 db at night, while areas with residential activities and some activities commercial or light industrial should be 60db during the day and 55db at night.
She pointed out that for commercial areas, acceptable noise levels should be between 75dB during the day and 65dB at night, while light industrial areas should be 70dB during the day and 60dB at night.
She warned that anything above the specified level was a violation and warned residents to be aware of the noise levels they produce to avoid prosecution.
The owner of the house, Mr. Owusu Kyere Akoto, who is also a community member, challenged the officers for their actions, arguing that worshiping in the house is not against the law.
Mr. Owusu Kyere Akoto has been summoned to report to the office of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.