By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Wednesday declared that the planned demolition of Music House, Fresh Fm 105.9, Ibadan was not based on sentiments or witch-hunting.
The government in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said the planned demolition of the building housing the Fresh FM 105.9 was as a result of the alleged contravention of the Oyo State Physical Planning and Development Control laws, sections 30, 31 and 32 of the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012 by the owner of the building.
According to Mr Arulogun, going by the building approval for building submitted to the Oyo state government, it was discovered that the building “was actually meant for an office complex and not a radio station, thereby contravening the Oyo State Physical Planning and Development Control laws, sections 30, 31 and 32 of the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012,”.
The Commissioner emphasized that ” the submitted approval from Music House deviated from the approved plan which in effect makes the approval null and void because deceitful information was given to the approving authority and also deviation from the approval granted both in construction and use.”
Mr Arulogun while maintaining that contravention notices were served to different organizations in the state since June 14, 2017 including all radio stations in the state, added that Oyo ” state government observed that property owners in the state are deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking physical planning approvals from the Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control.
He pointed out that the decision of the Oyo state government “to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Music House, Fresh Fm as several companies and institutiuons such as University of Ibadan, Kola Daisi University, University College Hospital, banks and radio stations in the state were asked to provide their Planning approval,”.
Mr Arulogun added that the state government recently demolished several banks ATM extension and some local government structures in the state, saying, ” the letter to Fresh Fm was received by one Bamiduro Aderonke and a reminder letter dated 18th August 2017 was sent to the radio station to again request for the planning approval/permit for the Radio Station in line with the Oyo State Physical and Development Control laws in which the radio station was expected to forward the approved Building plan to the Bureau within seven days, noting that a copy of the letter was received by Adebisi Akinfunmi on the 21st of August 2017.
He stressed that “a physical inspection was carried out on the 25th of June 2018 to ascertain the extent of the deviation from the approval where it was discovered that apart from the change in use of the building, spatial standards in terms of setback, airspace and parking spaces were found to be grossly inadequate.”
The Commissioner hinted that ” a letter was sent to Music house on 29th of June, 2018 to submit a fresh building plan application that will reflect the existing structures on site” but that “the radio house deliberately ignored the letter as there was no response from their end till date.”
Emphasizing that the alleged “deviant posture of the radio station prompted the Bureau to serve a three day Demolition Notice on the 13th August 2018 which expired on the 15th August 2018”, and that the government had also received petitions subsequent upon three fatal accidents that occurred around Music house in the last nine months, as the petitioners urged the government to look at the physical structure of the organization in relation to the dual carriage way which lends itself easily to accidents.
The Commissioner vowed that Oyo state government “will do the needful and follow due process in accordance with the laws of the land but will not dignify or elevate the tantrums of Music House, Fresh FM.