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Yinka Ayefele’s Radio Station Must Be Demolished – Oyo Govt.

Popular musician, Yinka Ayefele is in hot soup as the Oyo State Government through the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun has issued a statement why Ayefele’s Fresh FM 105.9 Ibadan building must be demolished…

“The demolition notice to Music House, Fresh FM 105.9 Ibadan was not based on sentiments or witch-hunting. Contravention notices were served to different organisations since June 14, last year, including all radio stations in the state.”

“Music House ignored its request for an application for a new building plan, having established, through an inspection, that the building violated its original plan. The building owner allegedly ignored government request.”

“The property owners were deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking physical planning approvals from the State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control. The government decision to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Fresh FM.”

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“Several companies and institutions, such as the University of Ibadan (UI), Kola Daisi University, University College Hospital (UCH), banks and radio stations, were similarly asked to provide their approved plans. The government recently demolished several banks’ ATM extensions and some local government structures.”

“The letter to Fresh FM was received by Bamiduro Aderonke and a reminder letter, dated August 18, last year, was sent to the radio station to request for the planning approval/permit for the radio station, in line with the Oyo State Physical and Development Control laws.”

“Under the statute, the radio station was expected to forward the approved building plan to the bureau within seven days. A copy of the letter was received by Adebisi Akinfunmi on August 21, last year.”

“The submitted building approval was 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 Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012.”

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“The submitted approval from Music House deviated from the approved plan, which made the approval null and void because deceitful information was given to the approving authority and deviation from the approval granted in construction and use. A physical inspection was carried out on June 25 to ascertain the extent of the deviation from the approval.”

“It was discovered that apart from the change in the use of the building, spatial standards in setback, airspace and parking spaces were found to be grossly inadequate. A letter was sent to Music House on June 29 to submit a fresh building plan application that would reflect existing structures on site.”

“The radio house “deliberately” ignored the letter, as there was no response from the owner’s end till date. The deviant posture of the radio station prompted the bureau to serve a three-day demolition nNotice on August 13, 2018 which expired yesterday. The government had also received petitions arising from three fatal accidents that occurred around Music House in the last nine months.”

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“The petitioners urged the government to look at the physical structure of the organisation in relation to the dual carriage way which could easily cause accidents. The government will follow due process in accordance with the laws of the land but would not dignify or elevate the recalcitrant attitude of Fresh FM.”