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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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Entertainers Promoting Abuse Of Women’s Bodies, Frustrating Government’s Efforts — FG

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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Pauline Tallen, has accused entertainers of frustrating the government’s efforts at curbing the violation of women by promoting vulgar lyrics and using female dancers in a most disdainful manner.

Tallen said this while delivering her speech at the launch of the State of the World Population 2021’ report in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking on the theme, ‘My Body is My Own: Claiming the Right to Autonomy and Self-Determination,’ the minister said the Federal Government was working hard to tackle fear and stigma of survivors of violence, weak community, and facility referral systems, lack of counseling services for women and girls and the communities as well as seek justice for victims.

She, however, argued that entertainers were frustrating the government’s plans.

Tallen added, “It is almost disheartening to note that while we are confronting these obstacles to increase advocacy, the entertainment industry which has large followership of young minds, continues to indirectly support the abuse of the female body as a sex object through vulgar lyrics and employment of female dancers in compromising customs.

“This is indeed unacceptable. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to producers and writers to support us so that together we can ensure that Nigerian society is able to guarantee an environment where girls and women are able to make choices about their bodies without the fear of violence or having someone else decide for them.”

The minister promised that the government would continue to provide an enabling environment for the state and non-state actors in the eradication of violence and abuse of women.

Tallen said the ministry would continue to work with relevant partners to build on all ongoing measures aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

“This is why we are calling on all the remaining 12 states to domesticate the Child Rights Act of 2003 and the 18 states yet to domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act, 2015 to immediately do so,” Tallen said.

Earlier in her remarks, the UNFPA Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Ulla Muella, said only 46 percent of married women in Nigeria are able to make decisions freely on their sexual and reproductive health.

She added, “In Nigeria, among married women between the ages of 15 to 49, 46 percent are able to make decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”

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JUST IN: Nollywood Star Ify Onwuemene Dies Of Cancer

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Nollywood star, Ify Onwuemene, famed for her role in the popular sitcom ‘Everyday People’, has died of cancer.

It was gathered that the actress, who died on Tuesday, had been battling endometrial cancer.

Her colleague in the film industry, Gloria Anozie-Young, broke the news of her death via her Facebook page.

Giving details about the death of the actress, Anozie-Young wrote, “With a deep sense of loss but total submission to God Almighty, we regret to announce that IFEY ONWUEMENE has gone to be with the Lord.

“IFEY ONWUEME was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Her womb was removed, but she has been battling the ailment for many years now.

“In 2019, even after eight sessions of chemotherapy, the doctors told her she had reached stage 4. However, we are not sure if she was given the wrong diagnosis or being treated with the wrong chemo, because she still felt pains on her upper abdomen and her tummy bloated.

“Ify spent more than N10m, being helped with donations by her fellow actors and other Nigerians. A GoFundme account was opened for her, but it did not yield much. She had to go for draining every two weeks at a cost of N280,000, but only 3 liters of liquid can be removed at a time so that her heart is not affected.

“IFEY has finally gone to rest, today 25th May 2021. May her soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.”

Anozie-Young stated that burial arrangements would be released by the family of the deceased.

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Popular Filmmaker, Dotun Taylor, To Produce Docu-drama On Diasporan Blacks

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Popular filmmaker and cultural ambassador, Dotun Taylor, has finalized plans to produce a docu-drama titled, ‘Did You Sell Us’. Taylor disclosed that the production is centered on millions of blacks in the Diaspora that are desirous of tracing their roots and heritage but without any institutional support or proper lead.

He added that the idea derives from the contentious historical theory that there were Africans that colluded with foreign slave trade merchants during the slave trade era in Africa. According to him, “It is high time that we as Africans rose to help our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora many of whom have lost their identities and origin due to no fault of theirs. This has been a part of my mission as a cultural ambassador. They are in millions.

We need to find and link up with them.

The documentary is a partnership between Taylor’s Roots and Heritage Renaissance Initiative (RHRI), and two American entrepreneurs, Gena Hampton and TaShunda Scott. “I will be leading my two Black American partners to Nigeria and, particularly, to the cradle of mankind, the palace of the Ooni of Ife, HRM Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, on a fact-finding mission as part of production activities for this project. To my African brothers and sisters across the globe who are in this dilemma, I say, help is on the way.”

Hampton, a professional business consultant, and American radio broadcaster said, “I am more than happy to be working with Ambassador Taylor on this very insightful and humanitarian project. Everyone deserves to know their identity, their true origin irrespective of wherever they live and work or find themselves across the world. I am so passionate about this and I will do everything within my capacity for the actualization of this fantastic project.”

Similarly, TaShunda Scott, a public service expert in the city of Texas, USA, said, “For me, this is just one of the reasons for our existence, to be our brother’s keeper. This project will help the millions of Africans in the Diaspora who can’t trace their origin. African governments need to do more in tracing and identifying their citizens scattered across the world and they should also support initiatives like this.”

Thus, he tasked the Hon. Abike Dabiri-led Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) and other similar commissions and agencies across the African continent to do more in tracing and identifying Nigerians and Africans at large in the Diaspora that are eager to trace their origin.

Appointed a cultural ambassador by the Ooni of Ife for his passion and commitment to the elevation of Yoruba culture and tradition some years ago, Taylor announced that the revered monarch will play a key role in actualizing the project because of his advocacy for unity among blacks across the world.

Indeed, as part of his efforts to foster peace among Africans in the Diaspora and reunite the descendants of the Yoruba race, the Ooni, on a visit to Bahia, in Brazil, pronounced the city the headquarters of Yoruba Nation in the Americas.

Taylor and his partners would be chaperoned to the Ooni’s palace by his co-ambassador, Morounranti Ashabi Alebiosu, a cultural enthusiast and former Senior Special Assistant to former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State on Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations. Also an accomplished broadcaster, baritone-voiced Taylor has lent his voice to hundreds of movies, reality shows, radio programmes, jingles, and documentaries e.t.c. He is also the brain behind many contemporary music videos.

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