The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has condemned Oyo State government’s recent demolition of Fresh FM, owned by the gospel singer Yinka Ayedele.
Director-General of NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin, said the demolition does not speak well of the state government.
The “Music House” reportedly valued at #800 million and which had been in operation for 10 years, was demolished on Sunday.
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,” he added.
Ishaq said when the NBC got a clue of the demolition, he made some contacts with some people in the state. Unfortunately, he could not stop it.
The NBC boss 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 a year ago when the property housing Breeze 99.9 FM was demolished.