By Emmanuel Akinpelu -Ilorin
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.
The Director General of the Agency, Hon. Olorunshola Omotayo, disclosed this during courtesy visit by the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company(IBEDC), to his office in Ilorin.
The DG who told the company about activities of the Agency maintained 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 explained the nonchalant attitude of Nigerians towards the erection of signboards and billboards.
He urged every individual to play the game according to the rules fin the interest of the state in particular 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 said the agency was not relenting in 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 ensure that they fixed out all illegal structures any where in the state and make sure that justice take its course”, the DG said.
Earlier, the Acting Kwara Regional Head, IBEDC, Mr Christopher Lawal bemoaned the attitude of some individuals towards indiscriminate erection of structures, despite the danger in putting structures under power line.
The Regional Head who was represented by Mr Isaka Abdulmuttalib, recalls several casualties occasioned by indiscriminate erection of structures under power line and cautioned 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 society to avert unnecessary electrocuted cases in our midst”, the Regional Head.