By Mercy Omoike
Lagos, Feb. 20, 2019 An environmentalist, Mr Gafar Odubote has decried defacing of Lagos State with indiscriminate use of posters, calling for adoption of Smart city approach to political campaigns through electronic bill boards and social media.
Odubote of Let’s Do It Nigeria, an environmental NGO expressed his displeasure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
“Digital billboards and campaign posters are enough to publicise any politician’s intention rather than waste resources on paper posters.
“Technology has to come into play, proper education and advocacy on Smart city approach to political campaigns must be adopted,’’ he said.
He expert said that the incessant use of campaign posters not only deface the city, it was also inimical to the environment “which also amounts to a waste of resources’’.
“Basically because of this election, there are so many political campaign posters defacing every nook and cranny of the state.
“Almost every square inch of Lagos State is presently being covered and defaced by these campaign posters.
“But one thing is clear, these excessive campaign posters across the state is leading to the environment being littered.
“An environment is not only dirty when papers or other waste elements litter its surrounding, these posters also deface our walls and walk ways.
“The use of posters also amounts to waste of resources; in advanced countries for instance, they make use of technology-based means of communication like social media and electronic billboards.
“Apart from looking at the waste factor, we should look at the area of resource management, the use of these paper posters do not contribute to a circular economy,” he told.
Odubote also called on political parties as well as relevant environmental and government agencies to take a stand against this indiscriminate defacing of the state by political campaign posters.
“What I think the government should do is to enact some policies that will curtail indiscriminate use of campaign posters during electioneering period.
“There should be a limit to the number of posters a particular candidate is allowed to post, it will in turn bring sanity to the system, especially for candidates that cannot afford the cost of excessive posters.
“There should be designated areas where campaign posters can be posted in different communities and sanctions should be placed on defaulters.
“The political parties also need to be held accountable for indiscriminate use campaign posters, Lagos State Government at a time restricted the use of posters but latter relaxed it during election campaign period.
“The political parties also need to have corporate social responsibility on the environment and relay their intentions on how to withdraw their posters after the elections.
“I think the environmental agencies have a lot to do in regard to this indiscriminate posters everywhere; it all amount to proper legislation being put in place,’’ Odubote said.
Edited by Grace Yussuf