Osun begins implementation of signage law
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Osun State Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency known as O’Signage, Mrs Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo has indicated the readiness of her agency to commence the enforcement of the signage law in the state.
Addressing reporters yesterday at the Correspondents’ Chapel Secretariat of the NUJ in Osogbo, Mrs Gbadebo said that removal and demand notices have been placed on illegally and wrongly placed signposts and billboards across the state.
She said removal notices placed on signages was intended to instil sanity, compel registration and make defaulters to settle approved bill to the Coffers of the state government.
She therefore called on individuals and corporate bodies with such notices to come to Signage office to get clearance.
The Osun O’signage boss urged those who want to pay for the signage to pay directly to the government account in various banks. Saying the agency does not allow its staffers to collect cash from the citizens to prevent corruption.
According to Mrs Gbadebo, the state government is most concerned about safety of lives, adding that vision blights do occur as a result of competitive location of several bill boards along roadsides and often resulted in accidents and loss of lives.
She disclosed that the three core objectives that inform the activities of signage agency are to standardize erection of boards and signage in an orderly manner, create environmental aesthetics, encourage and enhance commercial activities
She explained further that activities of the agency id devoid of political colouration
She said,”Whether political or religious and any other type of poster or signage, the owners must register with government properly and the agency would guide them on the right way and appropriate places to paste posters or erect billboards.”
“We could no longer tolerate the manner major streets have been defaced with posters and other signage and billboards. We appeal to whoever that wants to use public space for advertisement to come for registration and follow regulations”.
She said any individual, religious organization, political party; company or business owner who attempts to use public space for advertisement without the authorization of the Osun Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency would be arrested and prosecuted.
She warned that pasting of posters indiscriminately would no longer be allowed in any part of the state and that only those who register appropriately would be able to make use of the public space for advertisement purposes.
Soliciting the support of the citizens to the activities of the agency, Mr Gbadebo disclosed that the agency allows installment payment of the annual dues, as well as the need to patronize professional advertisers.
The signage dues according to her is determined by sizes or location as well as the level of industrial concern involved with the signage