Written by Sarah NEGEDU

How we are restoring sanity to outdoor advertising - DOAS

A total of 2,747 illegal signages have been evacuated by the Department of Outdoor Advertising and Signages of the FCTA for failing to meet approved standard, amongst other contraventions.

The Director of DOAS, Dr. Babagana Adam, said the removal became necessary as the illegal signages also constituted security threat and waste in the city.

Speaking to journalists on some of the activities of the agency, the Director said FCT, as the nation's capital, needs to meet up with the international standards and would not be taken over by illegal signages littering the streets.

Adam further explained that 36 new signages have however been installed on major roads to ensure standardization and environmental protection.

"We have installed 36 signages in the city, 2, 747 illegal ones have been removed. This is to help bring about standardization, regulations and environmental control.

“The department is not against anyone's progress but to ensure that right things are put in place for the good of all,” he said.

On the revenue drive, the director disclosed that the department in the last 6 months generated N500million against the 3 years that only N333million was realised.

His words: "When I assumed office the revenue generated in 3 years, 2016, 2017 and 2018 was just N333million, but within my first 6 months or less I was able to generate about N500million. This shows that the potential of FCT generating revenue is massive and impressive.”

He urged cooperate bodies and relevant stakeholders to support the department in its quest to ensure sanity in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to him, the 36 signages installed so far can generate about 50,000 jobs for the residents when the department begins implementing its blue print on revenue collection.

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