Two churches at Akweteman in the Okaikwei North Municipality risk being demolished over constant complaints of noise pollution.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Holy Trinity International Church branches at Akweteman are the two house of worships being sued.
The two churches have been sued by four persons, who according to them, say the level of noise from the two churches always interfered with their “quiet enjoyment of their properties.”
According to a report on CitiNewsroom, the four first wrote to the assembly complaining of the “unbearable noise” from the places of worship in November 2018.
They now want the court to order the Okaikwei North Municipal assembly to “perform its statutory duty by demolishing or causing to be demolished the auditoriums of” the church buildings.
“…The defendants have evinced a clear intention to continue with their activities in flagrant disregard and breach of the plaintiffs’ right to quiet enjoyment of their properties.”
They however called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Municipal Assembly to supervise the two churches to soundproof their church buildings to prevent excessive noise if they do not want to be demolished.
In the writ, the EPA had conducted a noise assessment in October 2019 in which the churches were found to be above 55 decibels “and not compliant with the recommended Ghana Standard for Daytime Noise Levels for residential areas.
In addition to the noise complaints, the plaintiffs also said the “congregants litter the grounds” and block off the single lane road which leads to the entrance of the premises of the [churches].”
In other news, Former president Jerry John Rawlings has revealed that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the leadership of Akufo-Addo has plans to establish a bank - National Development Bank.
According to him, the bank that would be set up by the NPP would be purposely for the selfish gains of the political party.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 31st December 1981 Movement in Winneba, Rawlings noted that this alleged bank, when established, would cripple existing banks.
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