Addressing The Issue Of Unauthorised Posters, Flyers, Billboards

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…… A Cost And Burden To Government.

BY SAVIOUR ANTWI DWOMO DARKWAH

Lately, Greater Accra being the capital of Ghana has been crammed with a lot of indiscriminate and unauthorised fixing of banners, billboards, posters and flyers along the streets of the Metropolis.

Early January this year, the Rapid Response Unit (RRU) of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly as part of the government’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa removed about 2000 unauthorised posters on the streets of the Metropolis but these exercises of the RRU didn’t yield much result.

In the streets of the Metropolis one could see posters and banners of political party aspirants, boards used for advertising herbal treatments for sexual weakness and piles diseases.

From observations most of these boards used for such advertisements contain photos of an individual defecating blood as worst as photos of sexual organs showed on these boards which is unbearable

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) yesterday banned with immediate effect the indiscriminate fixing of banners, billboards, posters and flyers along the streets of the Accra Metropolis.

In a publication in the Ghanaian Times on January this of a story on the “AMA removed 2000 posters on Kwame Nkrumah Interchange”. AMA had deployed city guards to prevent encroachers and warned that anyone who flouted the law would be dealt with.

In a press conference organised by the AMA and the Metropolitan Municipal Districts Assemblies this year stated that owners of such illegal banners, billboards and flyers are given up to 14 days to have them removed from the streets or have the owners surcharged if the assembly’s task force is compelled to do so.

The ban, according to the AMA was to ensure that the nation’s capital was cleared of the these unauthorised flyers and posters which had become a public nuisance and eyesore,  formed part of government’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

The Chief Executive of the AMA, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah, speaking at a press conference stated that Section 181 of the Local Government Act, 2016 (Act 936), the Assemblies were mandated to make by-Laws to govern their respective localities and to ensure these are obeyed to the latter.

The by-Laws read in part: “ a person shall not affix bills or posters for advertisement on any wall, road sign, tree or fixtures other than on spaces specifically provided or approved by the Assembly for that purpose, or on property owned or occupied by that person.”

Mrs Janet Tulasi Mensah, Municipal Chief Executive for Ga East, said the government has directed all the Metropolitan Municipal Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) within the Greater Accra Region to work collectively to ensure the realisation of the vision.

She stated that these sitting of unauthorised posters and banners were posing serious threats to the beautification drive of the city.

 

 

 

 

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