Written by Grace SUNDAY

Illegal posters: AMMC to prosecute defaulters

The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, AMMC, has threatened for the umpteenth time to prosecute those behind indiscriminate pasting of posters and placing of all forms of advertisements and signages in the city center.

Though, other sister agencies of the FCT administration have issued similar threats in the past with little or no result to show for it, the AMMC however disclosed plans to engage the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB mobile court for prosecution of defaulters.

Acting coordinator of AMMC, Hajya Safiya Umar, dropped the hint last week, during a special sensitization programme on dangers of unlawful pasting of posters, flyers and all forms of inappropriate advertisements in the city.

According to the AMMC boss, the prosecution of defaulters will commence immediately after the conclusion of the ongoing sensitization exercise, saying that the council is trying to use both the AEPB Act and the Area Council law, to ensure that offenders are prosecuted so as to curb the menace.

“Defacing the city with posters is terrible, people will not do that in their states of origin, but when they come to Abuja, they would claim that it’s a no-man’s land, and so they will be pasting posters, advertising vacancies and services indiscriminately.” 

On the indiscriminate advertorial by artisans, she said the FCTA is partnering with the FCTA to clean all the posters and the sign write-ups everywhere in the city.

“We want to enumerate them (artisans) through a data capturing process, because they are very useful in the city. We could come up with a diary for artisans domiciled in the city management agencies, which we can dispatch for whosoever that needs the services of a plumber, electrician among others to get to them. But in the meantime they cannot continue to litter the streets. 

“Government cannot continue to invest in cleaning up their mess. That’s why after the sensitization, the Mobile Court will be employed to curb the menace, as we are trying to use both AEPB Act and the Area Council law, to ensure we can prosecute them,” she stressed.

Deputy Director, Enforcement, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage, DOAS, Engr. Richard Aderiniwale, said the idea behind the exercise is to improve the environmental aesthetics of FCT with more emphasis on the city centre, as the whole of the city centre has been defaced with posters and banners. 

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