The Kwara State Signage and Advertisement Agency ( KWASAA ) has appealed to Advertising Practitioners among other stakeholders in the signage and Advertisement industry to stay away from any act that can contravene the rules and regulations of the profession in erecting structures.
This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to RealNews online in Ilorin by kWASAA press secretary, Mallam Abubakar Owolabi on Monday.
The statement said the Director General of the Agency, Honourable Olorunshola Omotayo, made the appeal while speaking when the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company(IBEDC) visited him in his office recently.
The DG briefed the company about activities of the Agency, maintaining that the agency would only approve erection of any billboards and signposts in compliance with rules and regulations of the agency in line with the global standard.
Omotayo lamented over the nonchalant attitude of some Nigerians toward the erection of signboards and billboards, urging every individual to play the game according to the rules for the betterment of the state and the country at large.
According to him “We should collectively rise up in our society to discourage this bad habit that are inimical to best practice and capable of causing damage to properties in community”
Addressing the eleven metres set back for power lines , he declaring that the agency was not relenting on its efforts to enforce any outdoor structure that contravened the rules for the purpose of safety of life and properties.
In his words “KWASAA is a government agency with the responsibility of ensuring safety of life and properties. And the cardinal responsibility of this agency is to regulate erection of billboards, signposts among others in accordance with the laid down rules.
“Our field officers and enforcement team are committed to the job to ensure that they fixed out all illegal structures any where in the state and make sure that justice take its course”
Earlier, the Acting Kwara Regional Head, IBEDC, Engineer Christopher Lawal bemoaned the attitude of some individuals toward indiscriminate erection of illegal structures, despite the danger in putting such structures under power lines.
The Regional Head who was representing by Mr. Isaka Abdulmuttalib, recalled that several casualties occasioned by indiscriminate erection of structures under power lines, cautioning members of the public against the practice.
According to him “Can you imagine people are keeping their goods and properties beside transformers and even some sit beside transformers in the market. We need to correct all these in our societies to avert unnecessary electrocuted cases.