Oyo State Government has said the decision to demolish Fresh FM ’s Music House is based on its contravention of planning laws of the state.
The government said the notice to that effect had been served as early as June 14, 2017.
The building houses Fresh FM 105.9, Ibadan, Oyo State.
In a statement issued by its Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the government stated that it noticed that property owners in the state were deviating from the originally approved building plans without seeking physical planning approvals from the Oyo State Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control.
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Arulogun stated that the decision of the state government to demand for the building approved plan was not peculiar to Music House 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.
He said the government recently demolished several banks’ ATM extension and some local government structures in the state.
The government’s spokesman said that the letter to Fresh FM was received by one Bamiduro Aderonke and a reminder letter dated 18th August 2017 was sent to the radio station to again request for the planning approval/permit for the radio station in line with the Oyo State Physical and Development Control laws in which the radio station was expected to forward the approved building plan to the Bureau within seven days.
It was noted that a copy of the letter was received by Adebisi Akinfunmi on the 21st of August 2017.
Arulogun said that the submitted building approval was actually 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 the Oyo State Physical Planning and Urban Development Law of 2012, stating that the submitted approval from Music House deviated from the approved plan which effect made the approval null and void because deceitful information was given to the approving authority and also 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 would reflect the existing structures on site, noting 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.”
He emphasised that the government would do the needful and “follow due process in accordance with the laws of the land but would not dignify or elevate the tantrums of Fresh FM.”