The Lagos State Government has directed the campaign group of President Goodluck Jonathan to remove all campaign posters and materials of the President illegally placed on street lights poles in the state.
Mr George Noah the Managing Director, Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency, yesterday issued this directive in Ikeja the State Capital saying that if the order was not acted upon, its enforcement team would be forced to pull them down.
He said as a result of the current developments in election campaigns going on at the moment, LASAA had decided to sensitise the general public on the impunity and illegality that “posed immeasurable and long term damage to those who erect, operate and maintain billboards in the state.
“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.”
Noah said that the contracts entered into to allow the placement of their campaign material were terminated because of the illegal mounting of Jonathan’s campaign materials on adverts paid for by other advertisers.
“The two advertisers in question are a Chinese telecoms firm, Huawei, and Globacom. The outdoor agencies affected are Touch Point Limited and Clearedge Limited. Both agencies have lost N350m.
“The illegal and brazen act by agents of the Peoples Democratic Party is unjust, inconsiderate and therefore unacceptable at a time outdoor advertising is facing stiff competition from television, radio and the social media”.
He noted that “The illegal act is capable of destroying outdoor agencies in our state. It will almost certainly lead to lay-off of workers and loss of revenue for our stakeholders”.
The LASAA Managing Director further stated that as a result of the agency’s statutory functions to regulate and control outdoor advertisement in the State, all illegal posters would be pulled down.
“LASAA hereby directs the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and its affiliates to remove all campaign materials on street lamp posts in Lagos State immediately, failing which our enforcement team will remove same in line with the enabling law setting up LASAA”, he added.
The LASAA boss also said PDP agents had been removing advert posters of Telecom Company like Glo on poles, which they paid for, only to replace them with Jonathan’s campaign posters.
Culled from: http://dailypost.ng/2015/01/22/lagos-state-government-orders-jonathans-campaign-posters-removed/