Ayefele’s Music House contravenes planning laws – Oyo government

The building, valued at N800m, has been demolished.

The Oyo State Government demolished singer Yinka Ayefele’s Fresh FM studio on Sunday morning.

Ayefele has claimed the demolition of the building, valued at N800m, was politically motivated.

The state government, however, claimed in a statement on Wednesday that the building, with many others, violated the physical planning approvals in the state.

It said contravention notices were served to different organizations in the state since June 14, 2017 including all radio stations in the state, and not just Ayefele’s property.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in Oyo, Toye Arulogun, said many 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.

Arulogun said, like Ayefele’s Fresh FM, 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. He said that the government recently demolished several banks ATM extension and some local government structures in the state.

He claimed a letter was sent to the radio station requesting for the planning approval/permit in line with the Oyo State Physical and Development Control laws, with a 7-day notice for the approved Building plan to be submitted to the Bureau.

The Commissioner, however, said that the submitted building approval was actually meant for an office complex and not a radio station. He stated that the submitted approval from Music House deviated from the approved plan, thereby making the approval null and void.

Arulogun called the information provided by Music House “deceitful” and a “deviation from the approval granted both in construction and use.”

He added 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 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, but alleged that the radio house deliberately ignored the letter as there was no response from their end till date.

He said that the 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.

Arulogun said 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.

Meanwhile, Ayefele’s spokesperson, David Ajiboye, said in a statement that Governor Ajimobi was directly responsible for the planned demolition.

“When the governor visited the studio in 2016, he said people told him to demolish the building because Ayefele was not in his camp. The building was approved in June 2008 as a business premise; that is over 10 years ago,” he said.

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