The Oasis Reporters
November 16, 2018
Right on the heels of realizing that it’s action at demolishing Yinka Ayefele’s Music House housing Fresh FM studios was high-handed and vindictive, the Ajimobi led Oyo State government has begun the arrangements for the reconstruction of the edifice which was demolished in the early hours of Sunday, August 19, 2018.
Fresh FM’s head of news, Samson Akindele, announced this recently in an interview, saying the state government is fulfilling its promise to rebuild the property.
“Just about two weeks ago, after all the meetings and agreements, the ministry of works in Oyo state through the office of the permanent secretary and the commissioner came in to start fulfilling the promise the governor made that indeed the partial demolition was an activity done in error,” Akindele said.
He also confirmed that the Radio station will be ready before December to host its annual Christmas events.
Ajimobi had during the 90th birthday celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, pledged to reconstruct the partially demolished building and also provide necessary logistics.
“I want to say that the imbroglio between the state government and Yinka Ayefele over the demolition of his Music House has been resolved. And I pledge the government’s commitment to assist him,” Ajimobi said.
The demolition attracted a lot of media outcry and the condemnation from the masses.
While the Radio station alleged that the demolition was politically motivated, the state government said the building was demolished because the staff canteen, a spiral staircase, the mast and the fence were not in the approved plan.
Commentators say that Ajimobi is partially trying to douse the angry reaction his government’s impulsive action caused and equally avoid the suit Ayefele instituted in the law court that would have seen the government lose billions in compensation at a time salaries are owed workers for several months.
The Oyo state governor leaves office on May 29th, 2019. He worries about his legacy.
Additional reporting:The Guardian