The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has in a statement condemned the demolition of the structure housing the Fresh FM in Ibadan by the Oyo 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.
“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.
“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.
“We hope that as we move forward, we will be able to find a solution to the situation,” He said.
Mr Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu 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.
“However, just last week, I got a letter that the side of the government in the agreement had not been fulfilled,” he said.
“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.
“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.