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Anambra Signage, Advertisement Agency Bill passes second reading



A BILL for a law to establish the Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency has passed its second reading at the Anambra State House of Assembly.

The bill seeks to provide for regulation of outdoor structure for the display of signage, hoarding and advertisement in Anambra State and for related purposes (Repeal and Re-Enactment).

Majority leader of the House, Mr Nnamdi Okafor (Awka South 1) had presented the bill to be read a second time on the floor of the House while Mr Nonso Smart  Okafor, (Nnewi North) seconded it during plenary.

Speaker of the House, Uchenna Okafor, who presided over the plenary session, had put up a motion, while the lawmakers unanimously adopted it through voice votes.

Mr Okafor said: “it is a very beautiful bill and I am happy that we all have taken time to go through the bill, especially its functions and what benefits we stand to gain as Ndi Anambra.

“Sincerely speaking, I feel that the passage of this bill will help us to improve the cleanliness of our cities and state at large.

“While also recognising the concerns thrown open by Mr Emeka Aforka and Mr John Nwokoye, which I believe will be referred to the committee to address these concerns,” Speaker stressed.

Speaking on the bill, Mr Nnamdi Okafor described it as apt, saying that there were many things not actually captured in its first law.

Okafor added that the bill was intended to be streamlined by the House to enable Ndi Anambra to benefit from it.

According to him, it will generate revenue thereby increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

He emphasised that the new law will repeal exiting law, urging his fellow lawmakers to make positive contributions to enable the bill to see the light of the day.

Speaking in favour of the bill, Mr Somtochukwu Udeze (Ogbaru II), Mr Cater Nnamdi Umeh (Aguata1), Mr Emeka Aforka (Orumba North) and Mr John Nwokoye, representing Awka North Constituency described the bill as timely.

The lawmakers assured that the bill, if passed into law, would place the state in a better position to allow the agency to operate, saying that the existing law was passed in a hurry.

They posited that the new law would go a long way in aiding advertisement in the state, stressing that the way posters were displayed on walls did not go down well in the state.

“The bill if passed, will aid the beautification of Anambra State. It will offer the state a serene environment,” the legislators emphasised.

The bill was forwarded to the House Committee on Information, chaired by Mr Okechukwu Okoye (Aguata II) and given two weeks to submit its report to the entire House for its final passage

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