Governor Chukwuma Soludo has given one of his predecessors in Anambra, Peter Obi, two weeks to pay any impending tax debts on posters and billboards.
The Soludo-led government also gave the same ultimatum to other candidates and their parties, according to reports.
The directive was issued on Sunday, November 20, through a statement by the Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency (ANSAA).
According to the statement signed by the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tony Ujubuonu, ANSAA will begin enforcement of its laws from Monday, December 5, which may warrant the defacing of posters not yet paid.
A part of the statement said:
“We urge all Out-Of-Home advertising practitioners to revalidate and register all their billboards. According to a letter addressed to both OAAN and registered Non-OAAN practitioners, the agency has taken major steps towards sanitising outdoor advertising practice through ban on individuals, clients and government agency ownership of billboards. The agency thus expects maximum cooperation from practitioners, in terms of registering their billboards and payments, but is yet to get such.
“Thus, the agency has directed all billboard owners to provide the information required to register each billboard and also pay up for any campaign on them. Through this release, political parties and candidates in the 2023 elections are urged to ensure those handling their campaigns pay to the government to avoid ANSAA defacing their campaign materials. They have two weeks to do this or face legal enforcement…”