Signage and Advertisement Agency Director-General, Yinka Adepoju
By Tunde Sanni
In a bid to sustain its urban and infrastructural renewal programme, the Oyo State Government has warned that it will no longer tolerate indiscriminate pasting of handbills and posters by religious bodies and other corporate institutions in the city of Ibadan.
The prohibition, according to the government, also includes indiscriminate erection of billboards and signpost without approval by the government.
The state Signage and Advertisement Agency Director-General, Yinka Adepoju, who made the disclosure, said the agency has put plans together to construct and erect in all Local Government Areas Public Information Panels (PIPs), which will serve as Event Poster Panels, while banners are to be restricted in all the nooks and crannies.
“Once this is done, it becomes unlawful for any person or organisation to violate the new order. In the event of violation, the Agency has power to impose a fine through its mobile court on the offender. When the offender fails to pay the imposed fine within the stipulated period, he shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment”, he said.
He further stated that the agency was by law vested with the power to regulate advertisement in all its ramification within the state including pasting of posters and flying of banners.
“We have observed with dismay the indiscriminate way posters and banners are being deployed on fence wall, highways, public buildings, monuments and landmarks by outdoor practitioners, corporate organisations, institutions like Churches and Mosques and individuals.
“This unregulated posting of posters and flying of banners have become so worrisome to the agency as rather than pass the intended message they deface the city and make the environment look ugly.
“The Agency can no longer tolerate this absurdity; hence has come up with some measures that will form its acceptable standards and guidelines regarding pasting of posters and deployment of banners”, he added.