The county government of Nairobi has put on notice some outdoor advertising companies over Sh234 million debt.

County executive in charge of Lands and Urban Planning Wachira Njuguna said the companies had accrued the debt over a year’s time after failing to pay the required fees.

“We are embarking on a campaign to make them pay all the outstanding signage fees for both the small formats and billboards, said Mr Njuguna, adding that the country will remove billboards belonging to the defaulters.

In addition, Mr Njuguna said the county would blacklist the defaulting companies and deny them the chance to transact business in the county by engaging directly with those who seek for their services.

EVADE

According to the county official, outdoor companies required to pay Sh1.3 million for each big billboard and between Sh20, 000 and Sh50, 000 for the small ones per year.

“They are evaders of license fees. We are supposed to raise about Sh2 billion from the advertisers but we get a paltry Sh700 million so they take away from the county government Sh1.3 billion,” said Njuguna.

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