25 September 2018
All Progressives Congress
Akwa Ibom State Chapter
149 Ikot Ekpene Road
Government’s Infringement on our rights to hoist billboards
We have read with consternation, shock and utmost dismay a public statement issued by the Ministry of Environment yesterday in which the Akwa Ibom State government has ordered ‘all outdoor advertising companies to immediately stop the hoisting and installation of new billboards across the state’.
The statement added: ‘All outdoor advertising companies operating within the state are hereby requested to submit an inventory of their billboard structures with relevant registration, drawings and approvals within one week from the date of this announcement. Failure to comply with this directive will attract appropriate sanctions.’
We have been reliably informed that this statement is just an indirect ploy by the state government to frustrate the ongoing deployment of billboards by our members, notably Obong Nsima Ekere, who is running for governor of the state. We have been informed that the governor has been noticeably startled by the rollout of the Nsima Ekere billboards, and is bent on not only thwarting further deployment of the billboards, but taking down exixting ones.
This is yet another proof of intolerance and extreme prejudice against our party by the government of Mr. Udom Emmanuel. A few months ago, the government had threatened to tear down the campaign office of President Muhammadu Buhari located on Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo. It took the intervention of senior federal government officials to dissuade the state government from unnecessary collision with the federal government.
The All progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom wishes to advise the government not to create political crisis in the state by attempting to muzzle the campaigns of its members. We shall resist by all legal means available any attempt by the government to frustrate our legitimate political activities. We ask our teeming members and supporters across the state to be vigilant and ready to defend their inalienable rights.
State Publicity Secretary