Music House: Ayefele Pays ‘Thank You’ Visit To Ajimobi

 

Popular music producer and owner of Fresh FM, Mr Yinka Ayefele, has expressed gratitude to the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, for assisting in rebuilding his music house.

Ayefele, who led top management of the radio station on what he called a `thank you’ visit to the governor, in his office on Wednesday, noted that the gesture brought joy back to his life.

The frontage of the building housing the radio station had been partially demolished by the state’s Physical and Urban Development Control in August 2018 for contravening physical planning and urban development laws.

The agency had justified its action on the initial refusal of the management of the building to rectify the infractions and its insistence on safeguarding lives and property of residents and commuters plying the area.

But following pleas by Ayefele, well-meaning Nigerians and the readiness of the management of the music house to comply with the restructuring model proposed by the agency, the matter was resolved with the intervention of the governor.

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Aiyefele, who described Ajimobi as a listening father and good leader, said he had learnt lessons from the whole saga and appreciated the need for mutual understanding and cooperation between the government and citizens.

He said: “I have come here with my management team to say a big thank you to our father (Ajimobi), a good leader and someone who I will boldly describe as a good example to this generation for his large heart.

“I also want to thank all the people working with the governor, especially the committee that worked with our own management committee on the remodelling and reconstruction of the Music House for their exemplary conduct.

“God has wiped away my sorrow through you (governor). You have helped me personally in this matter, because I have been down, emotionally since the partial demolition of the building. I have learnt lessons from the incident. Now, the building has become a better edifice.

“On behalf of my family, my staff and all the good people that expressed concern when the incident occurred, I hereby express my profound gratitude to the governor for the kind gesture.”

As a mark of appreciation, Ayefele later presented a sketched portrait of the governor to him, while Ajimobi in turn, commended the musician for the bold step.

 

Speaking further, Ajimobi, noted that institutions and citizens must not forget the lessons in the whole matter.

He said, “It is the grace and mercy of God that have made it possible for us to be where we are today; to be able to contribute to the society. I must first admit that my brother, Aiyefele, has contributed and he is still contributing immensely to the society.

“As government, it is our duty to promote and enhance the safety, security and socio-economic interests of the citizens. As a government, these we have been doing since 2011. We have been promoting peace, security and the rule of law.

“I am glad at your initiative to come here to express gratitude; even the initiative you took initially, to come and discuss with the government when our agency insisted that the rules guiding the urban and physical development must be adhered to.

“We agreed on a damage control because laws had been broken already. It is gratifying that you came and agreed that you would comply with the laws. I must say that you played a major role as a good citizen to ensure that government’s goals and objectives were protected.

“The Music House is no longer a death trap now. Those within the neighbourhood and commuters are no longer being obstructed from the traffic situation on adjoining roads. Those cursing me then, where are they now that we have corrected the contraventions?

“Citizens should know that government is for them and will always support them. But in doing this, they should also be prepared to obey the laws of the land because nobody is above the law.”

The governor prayed for the continuous success of Ayefele while also admonishing the media to guard against sensationalism and to be objective and factual by always establishing the veracity of their stories before publishing them.

Ayefele, Ajimobi Meet Over Music House Demolition

 

The Oyo State Governor on Thursday met with Musician, Yinka Ayefele, over the demolition of his Music House in the state.

At the meeting which lasted nearly four hours at the governor’s office, Ajimobi maintained that the building had flouted the state government’s Land Use Act.

He, however, stated that the Rule of Law would be tempered with compassion to end the crisis.

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Ayefele on the other hand, regretted that he had not made a move to see the governor himself earlier, instead of sending emissaries.

He, however, assured the governor that his architect was already working on the building plan to correct all the lapses highlighted by government.

Also present at the meeting was traditional ruler, the Alaafin of Oyo (Oba) Lamidi Adeyemi, who also appealed to Ajimobi to handle the matter with compassion.

After the meeting, a committee set up by the government sat with Ayefele’s team to to find solutions to the matter.

Oyo Govt, Fresh FM Disagree Over Music House Demolition

 

The Oyo State Government and the management of Fresh FM have disagreed over the demolition of the Music House owned by popular musician, Yinka Ayefele.

Both sides were represented by their officials on Wednesday in an interview on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast show on Channels Television.

The Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Toye Arulogun, explained that the structure was demolished because it was erected against the laws of the state.

He said, “Whether it’s a canteen there or whatever, that structure will still be wrong. It would still have contravened the law, so it doesn’t have anything to do with Fresh FM.”

We Have A Problem With Music House, Not Fresh FM – Oyo Govt
Commissioner for Information in Oyo State, Mr Toye Arulogun, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Lagos on August 22, 2018.

Mr Arulogun also faulted reports that the government demolished the structure because it had issues with the radio station.

He argued that the matter was strictly official, stressing that the government had given the media outfit enough time to respond to the concerns it raised about building other structures beyond what it approved.

“There is a building contravention, there is a planning contravention, and the government gave you ample time since 2017 when this engagement started,” the commissioner said. “That land has been encroached upon.”

“The size of the land that was given to Music House is not what they are operating on. The building size measured 29.7m by 21.6m on the ground, as against 11.925m by 10.20m in the survey plan submitted by Music House. So, there is a contravention,” he disclosed.

But the Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, believes the demolition was carried out because the radio station was performing its constitutional responsibility efficiently.

The Head of News, Fresh FM, Samson Akindele, speaks during an interview on Sunrise Daily in Lagos on August 22, 2018.

He alleged that while the exercise was ongoing, security operatives chased back fleeing staff of the radio station into the building, as they had to escape through an office.

The journalist said, “This is what we got from just being professional, from just having what the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Code called ‘straight dealing’ – which has to do with honesty and integrity.”

Although there had been some interactions between both sides, Mr Akindele stressed that the time given to them by the government was short.

He added that the radio station had approached a court to stop the demolition as soon as it got the notice, but the government went ahead.

According to him, they got “A three-day demolition notice and that was to lapse on Wednesday (last week).”

“We were left with no choice than to begin to ask questions but before answers could be acquired, the demolition team came in the wee hours of Sunday and they did what they said they were coming to do.”

The demolition of Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan has sparked a widespread criticism from individuals and groups, as well as human rights organisations such as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).

We Have A Problem With Music House, Not Fresh FM – Oyo Govt

 

The Oyo State government says it has an issue with the Music House of veteran musician, Yinka Ayefele, and not Fresh FM.

Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Toye Arulogun, made the clarification on Wednesday while explaining the rationale behind the demolition of the Music House.

“Oyo State government has no problem with Fresh FM, Oyo State government has a problem with Music House,” he said during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

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Mr Arulogun stressed that the part of the building that was demolished was necessary because it was in contravention of the laws of the state.

He said, “Whether it’s a canteen there or whatever, that structure will still be wrong. Whatever they are doing in that place, that structure will still be out of place. It would still have contravened the law, so it doesn’t have anything to do with Fresh FM.”

Demolition Is What We Get For Being Honest – Fresh FM

The commissioner said this was why the government carried out a partial demolition, noting that what they did was to take over what was allegedly encroached upon.

Presenting some documents during the interview to back his argument, he said the matter began in 2017.

According to him, the government wrote to the management of the radio station in June but there was no response.

Although the media outfit said its architects were working on the letter, Arulogun said the government expected a response while they ought to have engaged the government rather than go to the media.

He said a team comprising officials of the state government and the Music House went on an inspection of the said structure and made some discovery after the building approval was presented.

The commissioner insisted while the media outfit applied for approval for an office complex and not a radio station, a number of structures that were not included in the plan were also added.

“The first thing is that that land has been encroached upon. The size of the land that was given to Music House is not what they are operating on. The building size measured 29.7m by 21.6m on ground, as against 11.925m by 10.20m in the survey plan submitted by Music House. So, there is a contravention,” he said.

Arulogun added, “They asked if this thing could have been resolved? Yes, it could have been resolved but they chose to go the other way and government must do what they had to do.

“There is a building contravention, there is a planning contravention, and government gave you ample time since 2017 when this engagement started.”

PHOTOS: Oyo Govt Demolishes Fresh FM Building In Ibadan

Hundreds of residents on Sunday protested after the demolition of a private radio station located at the Music House, Ibadan, Oyo State by the state government.

The radio station owned by a popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday morning, a situation which led to a protest by many residents who blocked the expressway located in Challenge area.

The Oyo State Government, however, noted that the demolition was carried out because the building contravenes Town Planning laws.

According to the state government, the contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017.

See photos of the demolition and protest by Ibadan residents below…

 

Fresh FM’s Music House Contravenes Planning Laws, Oyo Govt Explains

The Oyo State Government has explained that the demolition of a private radio located in Ibadan, the state capital, was not based on sentiments.

The radio station owned by the popular artiste, Yinka Ayefele, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday, a situation which led to protest by residents of Ibadan.

The state government said a notice was earlier served to Music House, Fresh FM 105.9, adding that the contravention notices were served to different organisations in the state since June 14, 2017, including all radio stations in the state.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, disclosed that the contravention notices were served after the government observed that property owners were deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking approvals from the Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control.

“The decision of the state government to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Music House, Fresh FM as several companies and institutions 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.

“The government recently demolished several banks ATM extension and some local government structures in the state,” the statement read in part.

Arulogun said the Music House building approval submitted to the state government was actually meant for an office complex and not a radio station.

According to him, this contravenes 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 said another letter was sent to Music House on  June 29, 2018, to submit a fresh building plan application that will reflect the existing structures on site. This, he said, the radio house ignored as the state government received no response end till date.

He said that the deviant posture of the radio station prompted the Bureau to serve a three-day Demolition Notice on August 13, 2018, which expired on the August 15, 2018.

Arulogun said further that the government had received petitions after three fatal accidents occurred around Music House in the last nine months.

According to him, the petitioners urged the government to look at the physical structure of the organisation in relation to the dual carriageway which easily leads to accidents.