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Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration in Oyo State has once again issued a 3-day demolition notice of the multi-million naira Music House complex housing the popular Fresh 105.9 FM, Ibadan owned by popular musician, Dr Yinka Ayefele for an alleged contravention of the State Physical Planning and Urban Development law.

The notice issued by a Task Force from the Governor’s Office dated Monday, August 13, 2018, and was signed by an anonymous chairman was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.

The expansive complex worth over N800 million located along newly constructed Challenge dual carriageway leading to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Toll Gate houses a thriving radio station, state-of-the-art recording studio, editing studio and banquet hall.

However, in a statement Wednesday by the Chairman of the radio station, Ayefele titled: “Governor Ajimobi and The Music House”, he said the station received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings.

“Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh FM, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil,” Ayefele stated.

According to the renowned entertainer, in the last six weeks, his organisation has received series of letters from various state agencies and officials including Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, and Personal lawyer of the state governor.

“What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?” he quipped.

The full statement reads:

“On October 2012, the government of Oyo State under Governor Abiola Ajimobi had threatened to demolish the expansive music House Complex owned by the Music merchant, Dr Yinka Ayefele, MON to allow for the expansion of the road into a dual carriageway but the idea was later shelved.

Speaking as a guest on a radio programme inside the same Music House Complex located at Challenge area of the ancient city four years after, Ajimobi said he was happy that he didn’t listen to those who wanted the property demolished.

“Thank God we didn’t heed the advice to demolish this building, I thank God I didn’t demolish this building”, Ajimobi said on Fresh 105.9fm, a radio station owned by Ayefele.

Fast forward to 2018, a Demolition Notice dated Monday, 13th August 2018 was served on the management of the Music House with a three-day demolition notice.

The Demolition Notice which was signed by unnamed personnel for the Chairman, Task Force quoted sections 30, 31 & 32 of Oyo State physical Planning & Urban Development Law, 2012.

The management of music House, on Monday, received the news of the demolition Notice with mixed feelings. Although, we are not really shocked because series of letters coming from State government to both management of the building and Fresh FM, the tenant of the building have already pointed to an obvious fact that the state government is really up to something evil.

In the last six weeks, we have received series of letters from Bureau of Physical Planning & Development Control, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Personal lawyer of the state governor and several other government agencies.

What are these letters for? Have we contravened the Oyo State building plan code? What have we really done to deserve a demolition Notice?

Earlier, we have received a letter requesting to inspect the building which we obliged the state agency even when we knew the motive was wrong and not in good fate. The agency came up with 10 fictitious report stating among others that the Radio Tower (Mast) erected within the compound was not covered with the approved building plan whereas, we got the NCC and NBC approval before erecting the mast, one wonders when it becomes the job of Physical Planning to approve the erection of Radio Mast.

The agency also raised the issue of spiral staircase which was introduced for easy access to the basement, the wall fence, structures such as general store, Power House, Canteen among others as not duly in the approved plan and recommended that “since the developer has deviated from the approved building plan it automatically means that the building is not covered with any approval any longer”, the report stated.

We have a few questions to ask the Oyo State government and its agencies. If truly we contravened the government town planning law(s), what does the law says concerning contravention? What does the law says about Demolition order and Quit Notice respectively? Is the building in anyway defect? Is the building harbouring criminals?

Why is the Music House Complex singled out for this exercise among other buildings on the same axis?

We view this as a selective justice by the state government especially when the Governor had earlier said during his visit to the Music House that some politicians actually advised him to demolish the building on the allegation that Ayefele is not supporting them. Is the govt planning to expand the road again? Of what political gain will the demolition add to the achievement of the state government? When is the state agency going to demolish Cocoa House for housing some radio stations?

The Music House Complex was duly approved as Business and Commercial Building and all approval was legally done according to the laws of the land.

This is a business complex that accommodated almost 150 workers from where they draw their daily income and feed their families.

If the state government feels the only way to pay a hardworking man on the wheel chair is to demolish his property which has not in any way affect, obstruct or cause disturbance in the state, then we leave everything to God but then, this may be the last straw that will break the Camel’s back.

Signed:

Dr. Yinka Ayefele, MON

Chairman/CEO

Yinka Ayefele Ltd

(Owners of Fresh 105.9 FM Ibadan and Fresh 107.9 FM Abeokuta)

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Ooni Of Ife Criticizes BBNaija, Suggests Replacement

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has suggested a replacement for the Big Brother Naija reality show.

While playing host to members of the National Youth Council of Nigeria in his palace at Ile Ife, Osun, the monarch criticized the #BBNaija show.

He said the reality show was “misrepresenting the goodness and integrity of the Nigerian youths”.

As a replacement, he suggested a reality show that would project the country’s values, cultures, and traditions.

He suggested that the new show could be tagged “The Big Nigeria Reality Show”.

“The proposed show will be structured in a way that young professionals, talented individuals, and others across several fields of endeavour will be showcased and helped to reach their peak.

“This would help the participants and also help viewers to have access to people that can be seen as role models,” Ooni added.

The royal father, who stressed the need for participation of more youths in leadership, lamented that the youths have misplaced their priorities and must redress it as a matter of urgent public importance.

“Nigerian youths are fond of accusing and abusing our leaders, stop abusing them contribute your own quota. Let’s wear our thinking caps and begin to act like the real future leaders that we are.

“In the last general election, the total number of vote cast was around 27 million while over 170 million people voted during the 2019 Big Brother Naija reality show.

“This is a practical reality of who Nigerian youths are and where our priorities lie as Nigerians.

“The funny side in all of these is that we still go to bed, have a good sleep, and wake up with the hope to meet a Nigeria we didn’t create.

“Unfortunately, every time I talk about this kind of attitude, everyone just laughs and moves on. What kind of nation are we building?

“When people say this country, or what kind of country is this, they are indirectly saying these people – it is the people that make a country; so what kind of Nigerian youths are we?” Ooni asked.

Earlier in his address, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, who was represented by Dr Mariam Abdullahi, a director in the ministry, explained that the youths have major roles to play in the country’s development.

“As a government, we will keep ensuring that we equip our youths towards prosperity,” the minister added.

Representing Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun at the event, the state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr Yemi Lawal, explained that the youths have a lot to learn from elders towards reaching their goals.

“As much as we youths are important, let us be humble enough to learn from our elders because they were once like us. Humility, persistence, and patience is the key and we must be upright in our dealings,” he said.

The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Mr. Sara-Igbe Sukubo, thanked the Ooni for what he described as an unthinkable warm reception for the youths.

“We have heard your kind words of wisdom and I want to assure you on behalf of the teeming Nigerian youths that we will put them into action.

“Fellow Nigerian youths, as we reflect on youth engagement for global action today, let us realize that a new era of opportunities and responsibilities is now upon us.

“Today’s youths are now being called upon to rise as practical stakeholders in governance and development. Let us rise to this challenge,” Sukubo said.

The youths at the occasion announced Ooni Ogunwusi as the ”Royal Father of Nigerian Youths”, in recognition and appreciation of his immeasurable commitment towards youth development in the country.

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‘COVID-19 Has Affected Us’ — Ace Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka Diversifies From Comedy, Opens ‘D-1st’ Bakery

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Gbenga Adeyinka, a Nigerian comedian, has founded a new company involved in farming, baking, and bottled water production as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the showbiz industry.

The 52-year-old, who hails from Abeokuta, Ogun state capital, broke the news in a statement via his Instagram on Tuesday, citing the financial strain he has had to grapple with amid the pandemic.

“As you well know, COVID-19 has adversely affected an Industry where I am an active player. In the desire to open new vistas, I am embarking on a new entrepreneurial journey,” he wrote.

“In honour of my mum who I lost 10 years ago, I registered a company to immortalise her called Adunni Adeyinka Foods. We are into farming, bakery/Confectionery, and bottled water.

“We will be opening the Bakery arm of the business on Sunday, August 9th at 12 noon and I will be delighted if you kindly have me in your prayers.

Adeyinka, who is dubbed the first Nigerian to publish comedy magazine, had worked as a corporate affairs manager in an engineering firm but broke out with his promo for the ‘Star Game Show’.

He has also anchored Television programmes for AIT, Galaxy TV, MBI, and Africa Magic on DSTV.

The comedian’s move comes after Innocent Idiabia, a singer better known as Tuface, had unveiled the Innobia Cooperatives Organisation (Innobia Allied Ltd), his agro-allied business project.

Gloria Young, an actress, had earlier warned that entertainers in Nigeria could go hungry if they don’t find alternative ways to make ends meet as the country fights the economic impact of COVID-19.

“The pandemic has affected all forms of the economy, including the entertainment sector which is one of the greatest employers of labour that had been greatly affected,” she had said.

“Though all productions of films and radio had been put on hold, however, we still hold internet meetings to plan the way forward for sustenance.

“When the pandemic is over, our lives won’t be the same again. We hope to use the internet more in subsequent productions, following the current experiences we’re passing through.”

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COVID-19: AHBEA Postpone This Year’s Award To 2021

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As a result of the current realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, the organizing committee of the Afro-Heritage Broadcasting & Entertainment Awards (AHBEA) has decided to postpone this year’s awards to next year.
We will, however, like to sympathize with countries and families that have lost their citizens and loved ones to this deadly virus. We are also not forgetting to commend the efforts of the frontline workers and caregivers who stake their lives to provide healthcare services and supports to all those infected by this virus all over the world.
We will like to encourage us to continue to strictly adhere and observe the protocols and guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation, disease control agencies, and the various health care institutions in our different countries.
We, at AHBEA, wish to further lend our voice to encourage you all to stay safe and protected by ensuring you always put on your face mask, wash your hands with soap and running water frequently, use alcohol-based sanitizer and ensure you constantly observe social distancing at all time.
We regret any inconveniences the postponement of this year’s event will cause you and our sponsors all over the world.
Thank you and God bless.
Executive Producer
Organizing Committee,
AHBEA
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