From Obinna Odogwu, Awka
Anambra State government has asked politicians vying for various political offices to ensure they pay certain fees determined by it before pasting campaign posters or erecting billboards in any part of the state.
It said that the category of politicians to pay the money included presidential candidates of the political parties whose charge it pegged at N10 million each.
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Anambra Signage and Advertising Agency, ANSAA, Odili Ujubuoṅu, in a statement, said that all payments must be made into the government’s revenue account while the defaulters would be prosecuted before the election.
According to the statement, candidates vying for senatorial positions would pay N7 million each while the House of Representatives candidates would pay N5 million. House of Assembly candidates are to pay N1 million each.
It also said that the statutory costs for out-of-home media and mobile advertising were: N100,000 for 48 sheets billboards; N500,000 for spectacular billboards; N500,000 for gantry displays; N100,000 for irregular shaped billboards; N50,000 for branded vehicles; and N5,000 for Keke rear branding.
Meanwhile, the government warned against indiscriminate pasting of posters on authorised spaces, saying that it would not take it lightly with anyone who violates its rules on that.
The statement read in part: “As campaigns for the 2023 general election officially commence next month, September, Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency (ANSAA), in charge of all forms of advertising in the state, wishes to bring some important information to your notice.
“That posting of posters on the bridges, road demarcations; street light poles, roundabouts and public buildings remain prohibited.
“That every campaign material and advert forms such as posters, public address systems, banners, fliers, buntings, T-shirts, caps and sundries must be duly approved for after full payment of the requisite fee.
“That every billboard must be displayed through a registered advertising practitioner after the advertising content has been vetted by the APCON.”