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Anambra signage agency threatens to blacklist outdoor advertisers over non-payment of fees

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The Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA) has threatened to blacklist three outdoors advertising agencies for failure to remit the fees due to the state government from the campaign jobs they did for some politicians.

The Managing Director of the agency, Chief Jude Emecheta, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Awka.

Emecheta said the affected advertising agencies had handled campaign projects for three “big politicians” amounting to N130 million during the build up to the last general elections.

The managing director, who did not disclose the identities of the advertising agencies or their clients, said ANSAA could not prosecute the politicians because of the intermediary role of the agencies.

He decried the high rate of payment default in the state, adding that ANSAA had dragged no fewer than 320 defaulting individuals and firms to court between January and July.

Emecheta said at the moment, 55 of those taken to court had fully paid their signage fees and warned that the rest had only two weeks to pay or face conviction.

“We have about 320 defaulters from Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi in court now; 55 of them have paid their fees in full and we are giving the remaining two weeks to pay up,” he said.

The managing director lauded the Anambra Internal Revenue Service for working towards the establishment of revenue courts, said they (the courts) would help in the revenue collection efforts of the agency.

He said payment of fees was neither optional nor dependent on business viability, explaining that whosoever was not ready to pay should not occupy Anambra space with adverts.

The ANSAA boss said the agency had commenced house numbering exercise which, he said, could generate N250 million for the state.

Emecheta, who said that no fewer than 150,000 houses in urban and semi-urban areas of the state were being targeted for numbering, called on corporate organisations to key into the project.

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