ADVOCATE FOR THE DEHUMANIZED AND DISEMPOWERED

Posted on August 27, 2009

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First the Ashanti Regional  Director of the Environmental Protection Agency Mrs. P. Boakye Appiah was in Accra-and she really was as I found out later- so her deputy Mr. Adarkwa, who you met in the previous post, was representing her.

Host Brobby (left) with E.P.A. Rep.Adarkwa

Host Brobby (left) with E.P.A. Rep.Adarkwa

Host Brobby started the show focusing on the effects of noise and definitions of what constitutes acceptable level. Apparently the day is defined as 6 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and 58 decibels is permissible-that’s like the loudness of “normal conversation. Then after 10:00 p.m., 38 decibels is allowed! I tell the listening audience that the noise level every night from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. must be over 150 decibels.

So then I brought out the fact that monitoring machine doesn’t work-that is it needs to be calibrated. Then I mentioned that there was no monitoring because there was no provision for staff of the E.P.A. being compensated. So how can there be any enforcement which Mr. Adarkwah said was part of the E.P.A. mandate. Host Brobby probbed Adarkwa to find out  that the machines haven’t been working since last year and that Accra E.P.A. was aware of the situation. Incidentally I have e-mailed  Accra E.P.A. attention Executive Director at support@epaghana.org  Don’t write to them…they never even acknowledge receipt of any correspondence, let alone address issues.

What are the effects of loud music on a business-well it is stressful and it is distressing; but it is also dehumanizing. I pointed out that the old lady two houses from Four Villages complained, “Who do you think we are that live around here? DOGS!” But for those that try their hardest to get the authorities to do their jobs it is more, it actually is dis empowering. There was mention that people could go to court to solve their problem, or they could confront the noisemaker. I did that and was violently pushed. I told listeners not to sue the noise makers, but, to get together and sue the authorities.

Anyways, there is supposed to be a joint meeting of the E.P.A. and the Environmental Health Dept of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly on September 2 and then action would be taken against offenders. Mr. Adarkwa mentioned a number of situations to be targeted including the vans that go round selling CDs and DVDs as well as kiosks with big speakers trying to draw attention to their stores. I mentioned as well the street corner evangelists all the way down Prempeh !! Street in Adum in the heart of Kumasi. Often I stop to talk to the poor traders in the vincinity of these screaming, possessed messengers from God. Like Four Villages they just express how powerless they are to stop them and how the K.M.A. knows the situation, but doesn’t act.

The E.P.A. man said the press would be invited to the meeting. I suggested that the Ghana Tourist Board come because many of the noise polluters are failed hotels, like Lahana Avon, that need to make additional revenue to stay afloat and pay back big loans with massive interest after completing an illplanned  extension. Incidentally, you can bet that I am going to try to get into the meeting on the second of September!

During the phone in all the questions and attacks were directed to the E.P.A. man. Many calls were about the bar between New Orleans Hotel and Miklin Hotel, both star rated hotels, in the first class residential area of Danyame where there are also a lot of government bungalows….and nothing has been done about that situation! Just where are the authorities? And if they do they go to the noisemaker, never to the victim. I often wonder what they would do if such noise making went on where they live…

Chris Scott, advocate

Chris Scott, advocate

At the end, and how good this made me feel, Host Brobbry suggested I become an advocate for people suffering NOISE POLLUTION.

Now you are not going to believe this, I go home and what’s happening. CRYSTAL ROSE HOTEL ANNEX IS HAVING A PARTY FROM 12 NOON TO 11;00 P.M. HILARIOUS! I go back to the E.P.A. and see Mr. Adarkwa who, you guessed it, sends me to K.M.A.! I’m told that the Regional manager of the E.P.A. Mrs P. Boakye Appiah is in Accra. I phone Mr. Donkor, Head of Environmental Health at the K.M.A. and he says he has an official who lives in Daban who he will send over…. I request the official stop in at Four Villages before going next door to Crystal Rose. Nobody comes….

At the main Crystal Rose Hotel nearby in Ahodwo, I ask for a manager-no manager. I ask the receptionist just how fair it is to have guests in one hotel and have a youth party in the other. The receptionist tells me that the hotel is full. Next morning I go to Crystal Rose to find out they had one guest at the annex who arrived after the party. The main Crystal Rose Hotel was full!

IT WAS A POOL SIDE PARTY-PROBLEM IS THIS THREE STAR HOTEL-THAT WAS RECENTLY CLOSED DOWN-HAS A POOL THAT IS FILTHY AND DIRTY WATER THAT BARELY COVERS THE FLOOR OF THE POOL! NEVER THE GHANA TOURIST BOARD-MAYBE THE E.PA. SHOULD PAY THE HOTEL A VISIT-THE POOL PROVIDES  A PERFECT BREEDING FOR MOSQUITOS.

POOL AT CRYSTAL ROSE ANNEX-how inviting!

POOL AT CRYSTAL ROSE ANNEX-how inviting!

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