The Accra Metro Environmental Health Inspectors on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, stopped a church activity which was going on in a house at Zoti near Korlebu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

This was part of measures to reduce excessive domestic noise pollution in the metropolis.

El-Roi Fellowship is a non-denominational prayer centre founded by Apostle James Asuako Sarkordie which holds regular prayer sessions in the house.

There was a prayer session going on when the environmental officers and AMA taskforce arrived on the premises.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
AMA taskforce dismantled the structure

After a brief conversation between the AMA Metro Health Director, Madam Florence Kuukyi and the Founder of the fellowship, she ordered the taskforce to dismantle the tent under which the prayer session was taking place.

The landlord of the house, Mr Owusu Kyere Akoto, who doubles as a member of the fellowship challenged the officers for their actions. According to him, worshiping in the house does not go against the law.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
A confrontation between one of the worshipers and AMA taskforce

But Madam Florence Kuukyi disagreed with him. She said the landlord has altered the building permit covering the house by holding church activities to disturb tenants in the house.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area

She said holding church activity in the house was not part of the original permit he holds and therefore cannot continue.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Some female worshipers look on helplessly

Mr Owusu Kyere Akoto was handed a summon to report to the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s office.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area

The team moved to Kamara, a community in Mamprobi to sensitize residents on environmental cleanliness. They saw a heap of refuse in front of a house which is in contravention of the new environmental policy- Operation Clean Your Frontage.

After some minutes of knocking on the doors of the house, a certain lady who came to talk to the officers said she was waiting for the refuse to properly dry to enable her burn them. But her explanation was rejected by Madam Kuukyi because open burning is also against the AMA byelaws so she was given two hours to clear the refuse and served with notice.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area

The team also locked a bread bakery factory in another house said to be operating in an unhygienic environment as the team uncovered a bucket of feaces that was allegedly placed there by a tenant.

It was later established that the house did not have enough toilet facilities to serve tenants and therefore notices were given to some of them.

Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
A member of the AMA taskforce locked a bakery factory at Kamara
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Madam Florence Kuukyi and some members of her team at Kamara
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Madam Florence Kuukyi entering the house where the church activity was going
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Madam Florence Kuukyi having a conversation with the Founder of the Fellowship Apostle James Asuako Sarkordie
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Apostle James Asuako Sarkordie
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Madam Florence Kuukyi talks to the land lord Mr Owusu Kyere Akoto
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Worshipers take away seats and other belongs
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Mr Owusu Kyere Akoto goes through the summon
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Joy Clean Ghana: AMA Environmental Health officials stop church operating in a residential area
Apostle James Asuako Sarkordie