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JMDB warns poster-pasting politicians against defacing Plateau’s beauty

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Jos Metropolitan Development Board

The Jos Metropolitan Development Board (JMDB) has warned politicians in Plateau against indiscriminate pasting of campaign posters within Jos and Bukuru metropolis.

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Kefas Yilwrang

Mr Kefas Yilwrang, the General Manager of the board, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos.

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Yilwrang, who described the trend as unwholesome, maintained that it was defacing the beauty of the city, and warned that anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

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“We are not happy with the indiscriminate pasting of posters on public facilities and have been engaging stakeholders on the matter.

“We have been trying to sensitise members of the public against defacing the overhead bridge, secretariat junction and other aesthetic structures that define the landscape of Jos city.

“Groups mostly guilty of this trend include politicians, religious bodies and advertising agencies.

“We have advised youths being used to carry out such acts to go through the board for a guide on designated areas for such posters, otherwise stiff penalties will be applied.

”They should come to us so we can tell them where to paste them.

“From our checks, they do it at night which is very regrettable and bad because the beauty we are supposed to project is being obscured.

“Our staff have been trying to scrub out these posters, especially those at the overhead bridge and the Secretariat junction.

“And because they use a lot of glue, it becomes so firm that removing it is even a problem. Those sculptural designs and artistic work on the overhead bridge are being lost because of that,” he said.

Yilwrang explained that the law was clear on the type of penalties and sanctions for vices that cause nuisance in the society.

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“The penalties are in the Public Act laws. Suspects will soon be arrested, taken to court and prosecuted under the Public Health Law.

“There are other laws, the laws Of JMDB, which give us the right to ensure that the beauty of the state is protected and once you go against it, we can take action.

“That is why we are advising those involved, especially the young ones. Youths engaged to handle this night activity must have a rethink because the law will soon catch up with them,” he warned.

(NAN)

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