Imo State: Advertising practitioners seek harmonisation of billboard taxes

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Outdoor advertising practitioners in Imo have called on the state government to harmonize fees and taxes for billboard placements to ensure proper accountability.

The Imo Outdoor Advertising Practitioners(IMOP) made the call during a courtesy visit to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Signage and Advertisement, Mrs Nina Nwulu, in Owerri, the state capital.

The state Chairman of IMOP, Mr Edwin Emebode, said there was need for tax harmonisation and a body that would regulate outdoor advertising as practised in some other states of the federation.

Emebode, also called for established guidelines for billboard placement and payment of fees to avoid extortion, adding that the group had lost a lot of clients due to lack of guidelines.

“We want the government, through the Special Adviser(SA) on Signage and Advertisement, Dr (Mrs) Nina Nwulu, to look into multiple taxation of our members for possible harmonisation as done in some other states,” he said.

Emebode explained that the visit was to congratulate the SA on her well deserved appointment as well as intimate her on their activities in the state.

Mrs Nwulu commended the group on the visit and promised to look into their presentation as well as inform Governor Hope Uzodimma for possible solution.

She therefore promised to partner with IMOP.

“There is need for a sensitization exercise to educate the people and all concerned to have an established understanding on where and where not to operate.

“My duty is to ensure the achievement of the three Mantras of the state government which are restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction,” she added.

Peace PIAK