26th October, 2022
By Jethro Ibileke
Ahead of next year’s general election, Governor Godwin Obaseki led Edo State Government has reportedly prohibited billboards owners in the state from accepting campaign adverts from opposition parties, including the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A member of the Billboards’ Owners Association in Edo, Mr. Ibrahim Momoh, who disclosed this to journalists Tuesday night in Benin City, the State capital, added that the government even threatened to confiscate billboards of anyone who disregards the directive.
The State Director of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), in the state Abdul Hakeem Tiamiyu, also confirmed the development to Tribune Online, adding that he got the same complaints from a billboard owner.
Tiamiyu who promised to make further investigation on the issue, however explained that that APCON as a body is different from billboard owners.
According to him, while the job of billboard owners is to erect adverts on billboards, APCON regulates advertising contents in order to ensure conformity with the guiding regulations.
“I have heard the same complaints from billboard owners that Edo State Government has warned them not to erect any billboard from APC.
“I will carry more investigation on this because should this be true, it is quite unfortunate.
“Ours (APCON), is to regulate the content of every advert to ensure it does not fall foul of the law. We don’t erect billboards,” Tiamiyu told Tribune Online.
Also confirming the development on phone, the Assistant Secretary, Billboard Owners Association, Edo State chapter, Mr. Precious Otameh, confirmed the report to Tribune Online.
He said: “A message came from Edo State Government House telling us not to accept Adverts from APC and other opposition parties in the state.
“We have been waiting for them for guidelines till this moment. They keep telling us not to erect any advert billboard from any opposition party until further notice.”
When contacted on phone for clarification the State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Communication and Orientation, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, told our correspondent that he would address a press conference to that effect later today.
“There will be a press conference to that effect later today, so, hold on,” he told our correspondent.