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AMA to pull down billboards

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has vowed to pull down all billboards and signages of advertising agencies who have failed to pay levies owed the Assembly for mounting billboards within the Assembly.

This follows failure to adhere to a three day ultimatum issued by the Assembly.

Chairman of the Revenue Sub-Committee, Robert Kwame Dadzie, who disclosed this to the media after a tour of these companies, said the Assembly has no choice but to take action in other to retrieve all monies.

“We have no choice than to pull down every billboard and signage, because it is their responsibility to pay us and they have failed to do so,” he said.

“Today is 31st October, the month has ended and we haven’t seen anything yet, most of these companies have failed to comply with our directive and so we will deal with them in accordance with the law,” he added.

He told the media that Alliance Media owes the Assembly more than 10,000 Ghana cedis, but have failed to pay, adding that, other agencies, including Emerge Media, have equally failed to live up to expectations.

“As we speak, Alliance Media alone owe us over 10,000 Ghana cedis, we have asked them to pay and what they are telling us is that they don’t issue checks and that they will transfer the money into the Assembly’s account before close of week.”

The Executive Director of the Advertising Association of Ghana, Francis Dadzie, in an interaction with the media, said the Association is in full support of the Assembly’s action to ensure a level playing field.

He said there is ‘galamsey’ in outdoor advertising and we must address that and take the bull by the horn, adding that it is not fair for others to pay their bills while some fail to do so.

“It is more than just looking at the revenue bit of it, we should look at the public safety and that is what we bring on board. If we have a well-structured road network and proper placed boards, we can get a lot of revenue because there is value for money,” he added.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM

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