Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria, OAAN, has called for better business relations with the Lagos State government for the mutual benefit of both parties.
The President of OAAN, Mr. Tunde Adedoyin, who stated this during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, at Alausa, Ikeja, said the association had always supported the government of Lagos State and would want a stronger relationship with the government, particularly over the review of the rate being charged by the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency, LASAA, to save its members’ businesses.
Mr. Adedoyin said: “During the tenure of Mr. Makanjuola Alabi, a former Managing Director of LASAA, our members were charged very high rates to operate in the state, and in spite of several calls for reviews to be made, the situation has remained the same.
“Every company in the outdoor advertising business is practically trying to survive because we are all struggling, due to the heavy burden of the extremely high rates we have to pay.”
He commended the current secretary to Lagos State government, Mr. Tunji Bello, who he said, gave listening ears to the association during his tenure at LASAA.
In his remark, Governor Akinwumi Ambode thanked OAAN for honouring him, which he described as a great privilege. He said the Lagos State government was committed to partnering with relevant bodies to enhance a business friendly environment in the state.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, promised to look into the issues raised by the association in the interest of both the state and members of OAAN.