In 2015, the need to bring order to the regulation, practice, and management of outdoor signage, advertisement and hoarding became very necessary. With the aim of ensuring that outdoor advertisements become an organized and veritable source of revenue for the two tiers of government in the state, The Rivers State Signage and Advertisement Agency (RISAA) was established by law No 2, 2015 of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
Preceding the passage of the bill, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Rivers State government and the Chairmen of the 23 local government councils of the state ceding the regulatory powers to the Agency.
By the provisions of our mandate, we are the only organization empowered by law to register, collect and issue permits to all owners/operators of billboard and other forms of outdoor signage in Rivers State. However, failure to comply within a stipulated time frame attracts some level of punitive measures which includes fines/penalty for non-compliance, confiscation of outdoor structures as well as imprisonment upon conviction by courts of competent jurisdiction.