How Buhari, Ambode Refusal to Clear 2015 Campaign Billboard Debts Crippling Companies

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Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency ( LASAA)

More than 70 outdoor advertising companies contracted to handle the 2015 Ambode/Buhari campaign billboards in Lagos State are still waiting to get paid their dues from the All Progressives Congress (APC), with practitioners revealing that they are enduring a choking debt burden.

“The companies that ensured that Buhari and Ambode billboards took over 95% of the available billboards in Lagos have not been paid up to 5% of their payments for the job,” some frustrated practitioners lamented to journalists in Lagos.

The outdoor advertisers disclosed that they were invited by the former Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency ( LASAA) MD, George Noah during the electioneering campaigns to do the jobs but only one or two who insisted on being paid were paid partially, with more than 70 companies remaining in limbo.

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“The new MD, Mr. Mobolaji Sanusi has refused to honour the agreement between us and his predecessor, yet his men have started clamping down on our members since around October last year, shutting down our billboards for non-payment of their own dues”, a spokesman of the companies said.

According to the companies, the LASAA MD “has also sent new bills for the year while the billboards are not working since he shut them down but we have explained that the APC billboard monies have not been paid to us by the former MD, George Noah who he claimed has been paid by the All Progressives Congress, Lagos.”

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When pressed on why they have not met with Mr. George Noah over the matter, a member of the Out Of Homes companies said, “Our association has met with him but he is insisting that the APC is yet to pay him, all he keeps saying is that he is still talking to his principal but all we are asking for is payment for jobs we did.”

On why they have kept quiet about it till now, another interviewed member representing one of the affected companies said, “We hesitated from coming out till now because we don’t want to embarrass the government or the APC but we were advised by the current LASAA MD, to go after George Noah and the company he used to issue the media order, ‘Media Worth’”.

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