The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has condemned the demolition of the structure housing the Fresh FM in Ibadan by the Oyo State Government.
The Director-General of NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu, speaking in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital said the demolition was a worrisome development and did not speak well of the state government.
The structure, “Music House” reportedly valued at N800 million and which had been in operation for 10 years, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday.
The property is owned by a popular musician, Yinka Ayefele.
Kawu said: “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.
“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,” Modibbo-Kawu said.
The NBC boss has promised to set up a meeting with the state government on finding a way forward on the issue.
The NBC boss recalled a similar experience in Nasarawa State about a year ago when the property housing Breeze 99.9 FM was demolished.
“What we did was to meet our licensee to find out what the issues were because he was prepared to go to court.
“We also met with the state Commissioner for Information and the Governor.
“The issue also was that the building violated the usage of urban space.
“We were able to reach an agreement that the government should give the broadcaster a new plot of land and assist him to go back to building a new station.
“However, just last week, I got a letter that the side of the government in the agreement had not been fulfilled,” he said.
Modibbo-Kawu also clarified the recent media report that his commission banned some songs, saying Nigerians must understand the statutory mandate of the NBC.
“It is important to let Nigerians understand that NBC does not ban any song.
“I read on social media platforms all the time that NBC banned a song; the commission never bans any song.
“What NBC does all the time is to remind our licensees that there are certain categorisation of music that are important in broadcasting.
“If a song is categorised, “Not To Be Broadcast” (NTBB) because of the lyrics of the song, then, we will remind the broadcasters that they cannot be broadcast.
“This is what it is misinterpreted in the social media that we banned the song,” he said