By Matthew Denis
The Kwara State Signage and Advertising Agency (KWASAA) will today begin the removal of illegal billboards erected within Ilorin metropolis.
The agency also warned politicians against illegal and indiscriminate erection of billboards, signboards across the state.
The General Manager of the agency, Alhaji Hammed Olufadi made the disclosure during an exclusive interview with this medium in Ilorin on Tuesday.
He said, “Politicians are the worst law breakers; they are the ones violating the laws. Unfortunately, they are suppose to obey the law because they are the ones expected to execute it.
“According to the law that establishes KWASAA, before anyone can erect any billboard, the agency must be aware and it must be duly registered.
“It is our duty to ensure that billboards are not erected where they can constitute dangers to motorists or pedestrians on roads, or near electrical installations or water’s right of way, to prevent disaster.
“But, none of our politicians have come to register with the agency; they just go ahead to erect billboards. Only one of them wrote a letter to me to ask for the procedures for billboards erection, “he explained.
While decrying the flooding of Ilorin metropolis with political billboards, he said KWASAA will take immediate corrective measure towards sanitising the state capital.
He stressed that the exercise is not aimed at victimising anybody and should therefore not be politicised, adding that the law is no respecter of anybody.
“The enforcement will commence on 5th September, 2018. There will be security operatives in our team to avoid chaos during the operation.
“We have earlier made announcements warning those that erected billboard illegally to remove them and come to our office to enquire about procedure,” he added.
Olufadi, therefore, called on politicians aspiring for elective positions to obey laws as first step towards achieving their ambitions.
According to him, the agency deliberately hike price for political advertisement in order to keep the environment tidy.
He said, “With the billboards the politicians are advertising themselves, therefore they should be ready to pay to boost Internally Generated Revenue of the state.”