The Anambra State government has announced levies for pasting burial posters and banners across the state, our correspondent gathered Thursday.
The managing director/chief executive of Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency, Mr Tony Odili Ujubuon͂u, stated this in a letter addressed to community leaders.
According to the letter, a N100, 000 levy has been imposed for display of burial banners across the state. The levy also specifies lesser amounts for varying sizes of burial banners and posters.
The letter was addressed to the national chairman of Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU). According to the letter, “The tariff below serves as a guide to what is payable; sizes, description, amount and duration of the taxes are: 4 X 6FT N5,000 for 2 weeks; 8 X 10FT N20,000 for 2 weeks; above 10FT square are N100,000 monthly; and N5000 for posters for 2 weeks.
“Note that directional signs leading to the venue which can come in 1x 2ft size will not be charged. It is also important to bear in mind that after the duration of this period, any such board that is left standing will attract a penalty in the sum of the amount initially paid. This penalty is paid weekly.
“The agency, in fulfillment of its statutory obligation, is not unmindful of the menace associated with non-commercial adverts that have literally occupied our out-of-home space. These adverts come in the form of obituary, religious, wedding and sundry flex, banners and posters.”
According to the agency, the measure was to curb the environmental pollution which such posters and banners cause the serenity of the state. It said it would collaborate with town unions in enforcing the levies.