Lagos Orders TAN To Remove Illegal Jonathan’s Posters On Street Lamp PolesFeatured, Latest News Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
The Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency (LASAA) on Wednesday ordered the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria (TAN) to immediately remove all President Goodluck Jonathan campaign materials illegally deployed on street lamp poles in Lagos.
LASAA’s Managing Director, George Noah, at a press conference in Lagos said if TAN failed to remove the posters, the agency’s enforcement team would remove them in line with the enabling law setting up the agency.
According to him, LASAA is constrained by recent developments in the electioneering campaign in Lagos to bring to the fore impunity and illegality that posed immeasurable and long term damage to those who erect, operate and maintain billboards in the state.
He said LASAA has been informed that in the last 48 hours, two advertisers in the outdoor sector had terminated multi-million naira contracts with outdoor agencies registered by LASAA to operate in the State.
“The contracts have been terminated as a result of the parallel and illegal deployment of Jonathan campaign materials on poles paid for by these advertisers.
The two advertisers in question are Chinese Telecoms firm, Huawei and Globacom and the outdoor agencies affected are Touch Point Limited and Clearedge Limited.
Both agencies have lost a whooping N350 million.
“The illegal and brazen act by agents of the PDP is unjust, inconsiderate and therefore unacceptable at a time outdoor advertising is facing stiff competition from television, radio and social media,” he said.
Noah stated that the illegal act by the agents of the PDP was capable of destroying outdoor agencies in our State as it would almost certainly leads to lay-off of workers and loss of revenue for our stakeholders.
“In line with the agency’s statutory functions to regulate and control outdoor in Lagos, “LASAA hereby directs the Transformation Ambassador of Nigeria and its affiliates to remove all campaign materials illegally deployed on street lamp poles in Lagos State immediately, failing which our enforcement team will remove same in line with the enabling law setting up LASAA,” he said.
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