*He says Ayefele has no title document of the land
The Director General, Bureau of Physical Planning and Development Control, Oyo State, Alhaji Waheed Adesina Gbadamosi has said that the controversial Ayefele Music House may be totally demolished to save lives of motorists that ply the Challenge-Toll gate express in the ancient city of Ibadan.
Gbadamosi, who doubles as the Special Adviser to Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Town Planning Thursday insisted that ‘’either we like it or not, one day the building would gave way to the urban civilization project of the Ajimobi administration’’.
World Street Journal reports that Gbadamosi who was a guest on a Space FM Ibadan, radio programme, reprimanded the ace gospel musician for ignoring the various calls by the government for him to regularize the plan for the N800m Music House.
According to Gbadamosi who claimed he was a UK-trained urban and regional planner, the land on which the Ayefele Music House was built was not in actual fact owned by the musician.
He said name on the plan is one Simeon Abiodun Adeyemi. He wondered why Ayefele was only whipping up sentiments with his alibi when he knew he was on the wrong side of the law.
Rather than whipping up a crowd against the state commissioner for Information, Toye Arulogun as the mastermind of the demolition of the building, the governor’s aide disclosed that it was the site engineer of the construction company that worked on the road project that called him to raise alarm over the impropriety of the location of the Ayefele Music House.
He added that the professional advice from the engineer was to demolish the building when the construction work was going on. Out of pity, he said the state government decided to overlook it and allowed the musician to retain his property.
Gbadamosi however, said that the governor’s office was deluged with petitions by the residents of Lagelu Estate, a community in Felele area of Ibadan where the radio station is situated.
According to him, many petitions were received from the residents complaining about the Ayefele Music house being the cause of series of fatal auto accidents on the Toll Gate – Challenge Expressway in the vicinity.
‘’What we know, people do not know. If we do what we planned to do initially, people would not be crying by now’’, he said, stressing that government’s action was always in the interest of the people.
He argued that the matter was strictly official, stressing that the government had given the media outfit enough time to respond to the concerns it raised about building other structures beyond what it approved.
“There is a building contravention, there is a planning contravention, and the government gave you ample time since 2017 when this engagement started,” Gbadamosi said, stressing that “That land has been encroached upon.”
“The size of the land that was given to Music House is not what they are operating on. The building size measured 29.7m by 21.6m on the ground, as against 11.925m by 10.20m in the survey plan submitted by Music House. So, there is a contravention,” he disclosed.