Governor Ajimobi orders immediate approval of new building and compensation for Yinka Ayefele (photos)

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has set up a committee to resolve the impasse over the demolition of Yinka Ayefele’s Music House in Ibadan.

Ajimobi had set up the committee at a reconciliatory meeting with the popular musician in his office on Thursday in Ibadan.

NAN reports that governor said the demolition exercise was neither a witch-hunt nor politically motivated, insisting it was due to contravention of the state’s property laws.

Ajimobi described Ayefele as a good man and a responsible citizen, stressing that the next step was to find a compassionate means of resolving the issue.

He also urged Ayefele to ensure that his radio station embraced ethical reportage of the issue.

The two-level peace meeting was facilitated by a top governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Joseph Tegbe.

At the first level of the meeting, it was gathered the governor directed that a new building accommodating the additional parts of the building be approved for Ayefele immediately.

The ace gospel singer’s architect is to liaise with officials in the department of physical planning to work out the modalities and the approval, while the fence of the building would be moved back a few metres.

The governor, it was gathered, also expressed willingness to ensure financial compensation to Ayefele, with the terms of the recompense to be discussed at a later meeting between the governor and the proprietor of the station.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who was at the Governor’s Office alongside some monarchs, also pleaded with the governor to resolve the impasse.

Earlier, Ayefele had stated that his office responded to all letters forwarded to it by the state government.

He expressed regrets at not being able to see the governor, adding that the emissaries he sent failed to deliver his messages.

Ayefele stated that he remains a law-abiding citizen who is ready to comply with the regulations of the state government.

The committee, comprising government official and some workers of Fresh FM station, including Ayefele, had since commenced the resolution process.

The meeting, which lasted hours, was later adjourned for another day.

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