The demolition last weekend of ‘Music House’ owned by Gospel singer Yinka Ayefele has been condemned by the management of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). Music house is where the singer’s ‘Fresh FM’ is located in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The Director-General of NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu, on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital said the demolition was a worrisome development and did not speak well of the state government.
Kawu who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that “The development is worrisome because for all it is worth, the broadcast outfits are playing a big role in reducing unemployment, especially in this situation where many young Nigerians are idle.
They also play social, informational, educational and entertaining roles in the society. Such development does not speak well of the government and has a negative effect on the nation, especially at a point when more broadcasting outfits are influencing the social space in the country.”
According to the NBC boss, such action by the Oyo state government can be given all manners of colorations including political vendetta and therefore should be avoided by those in leadership positions.
“In this case particularly, there are so many issues that can be weaved up negatively by people. We hope that as we move forward, we will be able to find a solution to the situation.”
He said that his agency made contacts with some people in Oyo State as soon as he got hint of the development adding that he could, however, not stop it but promised that NBC would set up a meeting with the state government on how to find a way forward on the issue.
According to the claims by Yinka Ayefele, the building “Music House” is valued at N800million. Fresh FM he said has been in operation for 10 years before it was demolished in the early hours of Sunday.