Gifty Gbana, zonal head of the environmental health and sanitation unit at La Nkwantanang Madina Municipal Assembly, Accra. Photograph: Stacey Knott
” People have become very interested and is conscious of the threat that noise poses, so now the complaints are coming ,” says John Tettey, a taskforce member and head of the education department at the EPA.
Samuel Teye Doku was at the paraphernalium and accommodated its interior design in order to reduce noise levels. Members of the parish had complained about too-loud business, says head Kenneth Palme.” Loud sound doesn’t necessarily mean good reverberate ,” he says.
When churches do not regulate their interference, going to court can take a lot of era and attempt due to Ghana’s notoriously slow legal processes. It took 14 years of tenacity and” unspeakable agony and woe” for two inhabitants in the outskirts of Accra to be awarded detriments in a high court ruling against two loud neighbouring churches.
The January 2019 rule laid out a saga of complaints, characters, rallies and flunked district courtroom action, as well as a insolent re-zoning by local authorities of one of the church owneds to allow it to continue to hold assistances despite the complaints.
The ruling observed both religions in breach of building rules and regulations. They were penalty for stimulate a nuisance, and the municipal chief executive was fined” for reckless indifference” of the two residents’ rights to” quiet delight of their dimensions “.
‘My horror is my baby will have a hearing problem’
Such bureaucracy was what stopped Isaac from following through on his objections to local authorities- about a rector who appears intent on impeding on with his proclaim regardless of the complaints.
The noise draws Isaac feel like a bad papa and husband, he says in the front room of the small one-bedroom flat he rents in a family house in Madina.
When he moved here, in mid-2 016, he saw no problem with the small prayer service held by his neighbour. However, since then, he says his neighbour has started harbouring very loud church services, screaming into a microphone in the nights together with 10 worshippers.
Isaac only began to complain when his son was born in early 2018.
” My fright is that my babe will have a hearing problem in the future …[ but] when you grumble they see you as evil ,” says Isaac, who is himself a Christian.
After reporting the matter to the EPA, he gave up deploring, feeling his concern was being transferred between local and national bureaux. With his tenancy lease ending in April, he and his family are counting down the weeks until they move out.
People glean to see Nigerian clergyman Chris Oyakhilome in Accra’s Black Star Square. Photograph: Francis Kokoroko/ Reuters
But his neighbour does not see any issue with the interference he and his congregation make.
There are others in this area draw more racket than him, the pastor says,” earthly parties” who gambling pop music through loudspeakers all night.
But chiefly he conceives the end meters are coming so there’s not much level worrying about noise levels. He merely wants to focus on his “soul-winning” and says noise is part of that.
Meanwhile, Yirenya-Tawiah warns of substantial socioeconomic affects from the rising noise levels including on tourism, health and even biodiversity.
” Should Accra continue in the business-as-usual approach to noise-making ,” she says,” I anticipate a tumultuous municipality where everyone can do anything without accountability .”
Follow Guardian Metropolis on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the discussion, catch up on our best narrations or sign up for our weekly newsletter