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Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Unlawful posters: Again, AMMC threatens offenders with N1m fines

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For the umpteenth time, the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has warned that it would soon commence imposition of fines on organizations and individuals who continue to deface Abuja with indiscriminate pasting of posters.
In particular, AMMC revealed that indiscriminate pasting of posters in public places in Abuja –on directional signs, bridges and buildings, among others, was an offence liable to the fine of N100,000 for individuals, and N1 million for organizations.
MMC Coordinator, Umar Shuiabu, handed this warning last week, while addressing journalists on the ongoing sensitization against unlawful pasting of posters in the City.
Shuiabu spoke after a second visit to the headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), where he had led a strong FCTA team in continuation of the reinvigorated campaign against the menace.
The Coordinator reiterated that offenders will also be made to pay for removing the posters, adding that the amount payable for removal was dependent on the amount of posters.
He said: “We have been visiting political party leadership in order to sensitize them on the need to keep Abuja clean.
“And you know, we are nearing campaign period for 2019 general elections when a lot of posters will likely be pasted in public places, so our visit to them is to get them to sensitize their members accordingly.
“We want all the FCT residents to know that pasting of posters defaces the city.
“The message is not only for political parties, but it is to all the public, including the religious organizations such as the Churches and the Mosques, among others.
“There is nowhere in the world where this indecent practice is done.
“We will start imposition of relevant fines on all offenders very soon, but before that, we wish to, first of all, sensitize adequately so as to carry the people along.
“Our team first visited Labour Party (LP) recently, and last month, we were at the All Progressives Congress (APC) party with the same message.”
Meanwhile, responding on the inability to meet with PDP Chairman or his representative on two consecutive visits to the party headquarters at Wadata Plaza, the AMMC boss said that the “most important thing was for everyone in the FCT to get the message and keep Abuja clean”.

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