The Signage Agency Establishment Law, which mandates that presidential candidates pay N10 million to install billboards and posters in Kogi, was passed by the Kogi State House of Assembly.
In Lokoja, the capital of Kwara State, the house approved the measure on Thursday.
Legislators stated the law would control outdoor signage and advertising in the state after carefully reading the text in plenary.
The ordinance also tries to stop people from randomly sticking posters on walls, bridges, sidewalks, and other public spaces throughout the state.
The law also stipulates that contenders for the governorship must pay N5 million, candidates for the senate N2 million, and candidates for the House of Representatives N1 million.
The bill also mandates that candidates for the House of Assembly and council presidency must pay N500,000 each.
As a result, the law calls for the creation of a signage agency with regulatory responsibilities.
This means that no politician, political party, or organization is allowed to erect a billboard or paste a poster at any specific location within the state until permits are obtained.
The House also passed a second law governing pool betting in the state during plenary.
All owners of pool centers in the state are required to register with the state government before conducting such business in Kogi under the new law, assuming it is approved.
The two bills’ adoption would subject defaulters to the full force of the law, according to Speaker of the House Matthew Kolawale.
A similar law was approved by the Anambra State House of Assembly earlier this year.
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