The management of Ibadan based Fresh FM has refuted claims by the Oyo State government that it had to demolish the Music House Complex because it contravened Planning laws and was responsible for three fatal accidents that occurred on the road in the last nine months on which the government have received petitions.
In a statement signed by Dr. Yinka Ayefele, Chairman/CEO, Yinka Ayefele Ltd, the management noted that the demolition was nothing but political wicth-hunting.
The statement reads; “Our attention has been drawn to a purported press release signed by Mr. Toye Arulogun, Commissioner for Information and Culture, Oyo State where he said that the Music House Complex Contravenes Planning laws and is responsible for three fatal accidents that occurred on the road in the last nine months on which the government have received petitions.
“We want to make it clear that Music House followed due process in the construction of the building and got relevant approvals from state departments and agencies associated with lands and buildings.
“Saying that Music House Complex is responsible for three accidents that occurred on the road in the last nine months is just an attempt by the Commissioner to run away from his shadow. How can a reasonable person say that?
“It is not news that the Governor of the state himself said some politicians came to him to demolish the Music House Complex because Ayefele is not in their camp and he also sang against them. We have the Governor on tape, so the Commissioner should look for another excuse.
“We know it is the Commissioner that is misinforming the Governor who we hold in a very high esteem. The Commissioner has tried in the past to influence a change in our programmes saying some of our analysts should be replaced.
“We want the general public to know that Music House has not in any way contravened any building plan law as the Commissioner has mischievously said.
“Music House has been in existence for almost 10 years and we have all necessary documents backing the building from relevant government agencies.
“Some questions we need to ask the Commissioner are:
- Why is the government collecting tenement rate from us when they know we contravened building plan law?
Why did the government approved the building plan when they know it will contravene the state housing law?
The Commissioner should tell us why the state is just realising that the Music House building is the cause of accident along this road. Perhaps it is also responsible for accidents on Ring road and other parts of the state.
If we actually contravened the building law, why did the Commissioner always send us press release for use on behalf of the government.
The Commissioner has featured on different programmes on our station and has commended us for our professionalism same with the Governor who heaped praises on us when he visited the station on October 6, 2016.
The Commissioner should look for another excuse and stop chasing shadows.”
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