The Obuasi office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in an attempt to clamp down on noise pollution has met with leaders of churches in Obuasi.
The purpose of the meeting was to educate them on the environmental impacts of noise pollution.
Joseph Amoakoh Addai, the Principal Programme Officer of the EPA in Obuasi, emphasized the shared responsibility of environmental management.
He said the EPA in Obuasi is committed to collaborating with stakeholders to address the challenges.
He reiterated the resolve of the Authority to educate their stakeholders on best practices for environmental management, and implement some of the ideas shared at the end of the meeting.
He said, “we will continue to provide solutions to the challenges that your activities cause, and we look forward to working together to protect our environment”.
Mr. Addai said they have announced that persons involved in activities that contribute to noise pollution must regulate their activities and maintain good relationships with their neighbours and comply with the law.
He was optimistic that the sensitization workshop will enable the churches to comply with the laid down regulations on noise and will also enable them to obtain permits for their churches.
He said “during the last Christmas period, EPA monitored numerous activities in Obuasi, including religious activities. I want to clarify that the agency is not solely focused on religious activities, but all activities that could cause noise pollution. Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of avoiding noise pollution to protect public health. Additionally, the agency would take legal action against anyone who refuses to comply with the rules to ensure the nation’s continued development.”
Sharing his opinion on the key takeaway from the meeting, a participant Pastor Akwesi Owusu Agyeman, the Head pastor of Heaven City Chapel, Obuasi, expressed gratitude to EPA and Obuasi Municipal Assembly for organizing the meeting.
He stated that pastors are obliged to protect God’s creation calling for more of such meetings like this to educate them on how to operate their activities without polluting the environment.
Noise is an underestimated threat that can cause a number of short- and long-term health problems such as disturbance, cardiovascular effects, and poorer work and school performance according to World Health Organization.
In Ghana, the permissible ambient noise set by the Ghana Standards Authority and the EPA for residential areas required that noise levels should not be above 55 decibels (dB) during the day and 48dB at night.