Fresh FM Demolition: Due Process Followed, No Court Injunction – Oyo Govt

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Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi of Physical Planning and Development Control, Tpl. Waheed Gbadamosii, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun (right) and the Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji at a press conference on Music house partial demolition in Ibadan on Monday.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Oyo State Government on Monday declared that its early Sunday demolition of the Music House building housing Fresh FM Ibadan, owned by the famous Gospel Singer, Dr Yinka Ayefele was partial with due process followed.

Also, the state government insisted that there was no court injunction restraining it from demolishing the Music House Fresh FM building.

Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Physical Planning and Development Control, who heads the Oyo state Physical Planning Unit , Alhaji Waheed  Gbadamosi said these while addressing a joint press conference held at the Film Theatre, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, in Ibadan.

Alhaji Gbadamosi insisted that the Music house building of  Fresh Fm Ibadan contravened the planning laws of the state and that Fresh FM managements were  duly informed through several correspondences.

Disclosing that demolition of Fresh FM building by the Oyo state government, was not politically motivated, neither an act of vendetta nor against the radio station as it continues transmission despite the partial demolition, the Special Adviser maintained that before the partial demolition of the building, Oyo state government gave enough opportunity for Music House to regularize ” its null and void building plan” but that the Fresh FM management  did not deem it fit to obey the laws of the land.

Emphasizing  that during the joint inspection visit to Music House building by the Oyo State Government officials and Music house officials, it was discovered that “the building size measured 29.7m by 21.6m on ground as against the 11.925m by 10.20m in the survey plan/building plan submitted by Music House which means a gross overshooting of the allocated size approved with serious legitimacy implications” and that it was established during the visit that the “building encroached into the sight distance of the Y junction along Lagelu Estate, stressing that a canteen, toilets, store and power house which were not in the plan submitted are attached to the wall fence.”

Music house submitted a building plan on June 14, 2018 which necessitated the joint inspection visit we carried out on June 25, 2018. It was discovered that it was meant to be an office complex and not a radio station among some other infractions including a building size measured 29.7 metres by 21.6 metres on ground as against the 11.925metres by 10.20metres in the survey plan/building plan submitted by Music House,”

He pointed out that the ” Mast erected and staircase on site were not included in the plan submitted, while the basement of the plan which was meant for car park has also been converted.

Speaking further, Alhaji Gbadamosi said 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 and regularize the anomalies, but  that the  radio house deliberately ignored the letter as there was no response from their end till demolition notices were then sent on August 13, 2018 based on the earlier request for the submission of AS – Built Plan for approval

Insisting  that the government action was not based on sentiments or witch-hunting,, Alhaji Gbadamosi stressed that contravention notices were served to different organizations in the state since June 14, 2017 including all radio stations in the state with some of the stations responding.

With Alhaji  Gbadamosi, at the parley are the Oyo state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Seun Abimbola, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun and the Special Adviser Communication and Strategy to Governor Ajimobi, Mr. Bolaji Tunji

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