By Thompson Yamput
Presidential candidates will pay N10 million to have billboards and posters erected in Kogi.
This comes after the House of Assembly passed the State’s Signage Agency Establishment Law on Thursday in Lokoja.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), legislators who debated the bill clause by clause in plenary said the law would regulate outdoor signage and advertisement in the state.
The law also aims to reduce the indiscriminate posting of posters on the state’s sidewalks, walls, bridges, and public buildings.
By the new law all governorship candidates are to pay N5 million, Senatorial candidates, N2 million and House of Representatives, N1 million.
The law also stipulates that House of Assembly and Council Chairmanship candidates are to pay N500, 000 each.
Consequently, the law provides for the establishment of a signage agency saddled with regulatory functions.
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This means that until permits are issued no politician, political party or organisation can erect any billboard or paste a poster at any designated place in the state.
Also at plenary, the house passed a second bill regulating pool betting in the state.
By the new law, if assented, all operators of pool centres in the state must register with the state government before operating such a business in Kogi.
The speaker of the House, Mr Matthew Kolawale, explained that with the passage of the two bills, defaulters would face the wrath of the law.