Anambra Governor Chukwuma Soludo has slammed a levy of N100,000 on residents for burial posters in the State.
The Governor said those willing to paste burial and other events posters in any part of the State would pay an N5, 000 tax which would last for only two weeks.
The tax rates were contained in a letter addressed to the National President, Anambra State Association of Town Unions,ASATU by the Managing Director and Chief Executive, Anambra State Signage and Advertising Agency ANSAA, Mr Tony ujubuonu
The letter itled: “Regulation of ceremonial adverts” explained that the agency would work in partnership with ASATU to recover the taxes as sources of internally generated revenue IGR and to curb menace of ‘non-commercial adverts’ in the state.
According to the letter, obtained by The Nation: “The tariff below serves as a guide to what is payable; sixes, description, amount and duration of the taxes are: 4 X 6FT N5,000 for 2 weeks; 8 X 10FT N20,000 for 2 weeks; above 10FT square are N100,000 monthly; and N5000 for posters for 2 weeks.
“Note that directional signs leading to the venue which can come in 1x 2ft size will not be charged.
” It is also important to bear in mind that after the duration of this period, any such board that is left standing will attract a penalty in the sum of the amount initially paid. This penalty is paid weekly.
“The Agency, in fulfillment of its statutory obligation, is not unmindful of the menace associated with non-commercial adverts that have literally occupied our out-of-home space.
” These adverts come in the form of obituary, religious, wedding and sundry flex, banners and posters.
“These materials tend to deface the environment and pose a threat to the aesthetics of our communities.
“In line with Mr. Governor’s avowed aim of building a prosperous, livable and smart city state in Anambra, the Agency sees the need to regulate the use of these materials in manners that are decent and orderly.
“Because this is a phenomenon that is associated with all the communities and villages in Anambra State, we hope to administer this process in partnership with the Town Unions.
“It is our wish that the Town Union will take up the responsibility of informing the villages and hamlets.
“Others to be informed are kindreds, churches and any such bodies within their towns that from the 1st of November, 2022, the Agency will begin the enforcement and collection of levies on all such posters and flex used for any of such ceremonies.
“We have written to you because we have always regarded you as progress partners in the development of Anambra State.”