Friday, 11 September 2015

Anambra State Moves to Regulate Advertisement Placements, Religious Loudspeakers, Billboards, Posters

In a bid to regulate indiscriminate posting of posters, billboards, and other advertisements on the streets and highways, Anambra State Government has introduced a bill into the state legislative arm seeking to repeal and establish the Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, and to provide for regulation of outdoor structures for display of signage, hoarding and advertisement in Anambra state and for related purposes.

Reading the executive bill before it consequently passed through second reading, the House Majority Leader, Hon. Jideofor Okoye disclosed that the bill provided for constituents of a regulatory board whose member shall include the Anambra State Commissioners’ of Local Government; Information, Tourism and Culture; Environment; and representatives of 21 Local Government Areas.

According to the Majority Leader, aside increasing the state internally generated revenue, the bill shall harmonise the system of revenue collection between the state and local government areas, prevent multiple taxations, create jobs, license and censor construction and placement of any outdoor structures in any part of the state, protect the environment from potential adverse impact of advertisements and defacing, control the numbers, size and location of outdoor structures, and removal when no longer in use to avoid potential damage of lives and properties.

In their various contributions, Hon. Ikem Uzoezie, Hon Chugbo Enwezor, Hon Harford Oseke, Hon Francis Okoye, and others emphasized the needs for the bill to incorporate best ways of controlling indiscriminate postings of occupational, events and celebrative/festivity/funeral posters and mounting of billboards and banners at highways, mobile advertisements at nooks and crannies of the state, directional signposts, printing and use of T-Shirts by politicians/NGOs, citing and use of loudspeakers by religious institutions, schools, and others for easy access with the owners, and prevention of miscreants from defrauding innocent citizens via such medium of communication. 

However, in his humble submission, Hon. Edward Obiefune Ibuzo of Onitsha North 2, advocated for outright reviewing of all the bills and motions they have passed so far to discovering if they have been assented to and put into practice.

His words: “After I moved a motion last time, I went to drawing board and discovered that same motion was moved in 2009 yet nothing was done till date. What is happening? Most of these laws and motions we are making have been made by our colleagues, who were here between 2009 through 2014, and assented to by the executive, unfortunately most of them are not in practice. We can’t be passing bills and motions that are nowhere to be found in practice. We need practical implementation not in print or broadcast. If possible let us revisit the 5th assembly’s passed bills and laws to see if they have been assented to and put into practice”.
Meanwhile, following her resolve to avert flooding in the state, the Anambra State House of Assembly has called on the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner of Works, Hon. Lawrence Chinwuba, and Chairman of Oyi Local Government Area to complete the construction of drainage channels that flows from the New Haven Estate Nkwellezunaka into the Nkwellezunaka bypass.

This was followed by a motion moved by Hon. Vivian Okadigbo of Oyi State Constituency stressing that sequel to heavy downpour, none completion of the abandoned drainage system could result to flood disaster; lost of lives and properties at so many estates where massive development and constructions are ongoing, as well as Nkwellezenaka and Nsugbe, who share links with the roads.



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