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Borno govt removes illegal campaign billboards

The Borno Urban Planning and Development Board says it has begun the removal of illegal billboards, signposts and campaign posters mounted along streets and on structures in Maiduguri metropolis.

The Manager of the Board, Mr Umar Bulamami, stated this on Saturday in a statement in Maiduguri.

Bulamami said that the board the removal of the illegal mounted billboards, signposts and posters along streets and on other public structures was in accordance with the state’s laws.

He said that the board had on Sept. 28, issued a notice to businesses and political parties to remove posters and billboards mounted without permission.

“Section 43 (3) of the state BOSUPDB requires that one must obtain approval from the board before erecting billboards or signposts.

“BSUPDB is an independent government agency. Our mandate is not only to plan for township development but also to generate revenue for the state.

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“As electioneering activities pick up, the board reminded those concerned with the mounting of billboards and posters for campaign of what is expected of them.

‘’We wrote to all of them, including the ruling APC, reminding them on the need to comply with rules and regulations,” he said.

Bulamami explained that approval can be obtained sequel to the payment of fees by an individual, group or organisations as stipulated by the laws governing its operations, adding that restrictions were only applicable to public structures.

He said that the board had adopted effective measures to ensure smooth conduct of the exercise to sanitise and beautify the town.

The manager, therefore, said that the board would not condone illegal erection of billboards and posters, warning that defaulters would be prosecuted.

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According to him, the board had on Nov. 27, notified a private firm, Gams Advertising Agency, to remove its illegal billboards within one week.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Borno chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party had accused the All Progressives Congress of destroying its campaign posters and billboards in the metropolis.

The PDP accused the Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Kakashehu Lawan, for engaging members of the Civilian Joint Task Force to destroy the billboards and posters.

Lawan, however, dismissed the allegations as misleading, saying that removing the billboards was carried out by the Board in accordance with the existing laws.


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