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Court rules against OAAN on signage registration

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A High Court in Enugu State, presided over by Justice Kenneth Okpe, has ruled that members of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN) should register all their structures for signage erected anywhere in the state.

Delivering his judgment in a suit filed by OAAN seeking interpretation of certain provisions of the Enugu State Structures for Signage and Advertising Agency Law, Justice Okpe, ruled that members of the association practising out-of-home advertising in the state should register their practice and all signages and obtain the registration permits and codes for each signage.

OAAN had asked the court whether those sections meant that they were to register every signage in the state or whether a single registration covered all signage erected by each practitioner.

The judge, at the weekend, described provisions of the law as unambiguous, adding: “Section 22 of the law provides that every outdoor structure owned by a corporate entity shall be registered by the owner. What this section commanded to be registered is ‘every outdoor’ structure.”

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