By Raheem Akingbolu
The Oyo State Signage and Advertisement Agency (OYSAA) has concluded arrangements to commence enforcement on the removal of illegal billboards and signage across the state boundaries.
OYSAA Director-General, Mr. Yinka Adepoju, in a statement issued in Ibadan, lamented the high volume of indebtedness by practitioners, corporate organisations and other sign owners to his agency.
Adepoju registered his displeasure at the attitude of people he referred to as “recalcitrant stakeholders” who, in spite of repeated reminders, have refused to fulfil their financial obligations to the State Government. He emphasised that it is the corporate responsibility of defaulters to pay their billboard taxes and other relevant bills as at when due.
The Director-General also noted that a recent monitoring exercise carried out by his agency across the state revealed that there were lots of billboard clusters on the roads while many were in state of disrepair; thereby degrading the aesthetics of the environment.
Citing OYSAA Law 2012 to support his stand, the DG warned that it has now become an offence to practice outdoor advertising or display a signage in the state without being duly registered by the regulatory agency.