Ghana orders mosques, churches to use Whats app for prayer calls
ACCRA [GHANA]: The authorities of Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday ordered the mosques and churches to restrict the use of the loudspeakers and instead make use of the social networking application WhatsApp to initiate prayer calls to the people.The main reason behind the move is to curb the noise pollution in the urban areas.Often the places of worship attract heavy movement of traffic and a massive gathering of the pedestrians. In addition to that, the church bells and prayer calls add to the noise pollution adding to the woes of the people residing nearby, as reported by the German media group Deutsche Welle.Ghana’s environment minister Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng justified this move by saying that Imam would be sending WhatsApp messages to the people informing them of the time of the prayer."Why is it that time for prayer cannot be transmitted with a text message or WhatsApp? So the imam would send WhatsApp messages to everybody. I think that will help to reduce the noise.