According to the president of the association, Charles Chijide, the demolition is already taking its tolls on its members’ financial strength which he said may lead to reduction in workforce if the action of the state government through a consulting firm, Chris Parkes Marketing Solutions (CPMS) persists.
Chijide told Weekly Trust in Lagos that none of the stakeholders was consulted by the consultant before embarking on the demolition, which, according to him, could push many Nigerians out of jobs
“When the state government appointed CPMS, the Managing Director, Chris Parks, an expatriate, informed our members in the state that he would like to replicate what is happening in Lagos in Kano on bill
board erection and warned the members that if they are not interested they should leave the state. We thought it was a joke until end of June when he started demolishing our structures valued so far at over N2 billion”
Chijike said even in Lagos which Parks said he planned to replicate, 80 per cent of the bill boards are vacant due to the huge cost.
“ With the security situation in Kano, must we totally paralyze economic activities in the state? Immediately Mr Parks resumed, he gave seven days and before the expiration of the deadline in June, he started demolishing our structures despite all the money members had paid to the state government,” he said
Chijike who is also the chief executive officer, Charella Nigeria Limited said the action of the state government would affect over eight million people engaged by the members as they would retrench as cost of business would become more expensive in Kano
“With the state of security in the state, should we start killing business the more? We are service providers helping manufacturers to showcase their businesses for the consumers to have choices and this is a business that started 54 years ago. What the consultant should have done was to call all the stakeholders on the plan to regulate
bill board structures with the aim of increasing the state’s internally generated revenue and seeks their understanding.
Dear Esteemed reader,
As part of our drive to keep improving the content of our newspaper, we are conducting a readership survey to enable us serve you better.
Kindly take two minutes of your time to fill in this questionnaire.
Thank you for your time. Click here to begin