The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has condemned the demolition of the popular Ayefele Music House in Ibadan by the Oyo State Government.
Speaking on the controversial demolition, the Director-General of NBC, Ishaq Midibbo-Kawu, said the demolition was a worrisome development and did not speak well of the state government.
The property, owned by a popular musician, Yinka Ayefele and valued at N800 million, was demolished in the early hours of Sunday after 10 years of operation.
Mr Modibo-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,” Mr Modibbo-Kawu said.
Kawu added that when the NBC got hint of the demolition, he made some contacts with some people in the state to no avail.
He also clarified the recent media report that his commission banned some songs, and dispelled the notion that NBC was “carrying out a Jihad on Nigerian songs” based on a petition by a faith-based human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
“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
He disclosed that the commission was planning a national dialogue with Nigeria leading artistes on the need to avoid vulgar lyrics and hate speeches in their songs.
“The truth of the matter is that 75 per cent of our population is under the age of 35 while 63 per cent is under the age of 25, so we have a younger population.
“If you go on Youtube, Olamide song, “Wo” has over 10 million hits.
“That tells you the kind of influence these young artistes have on all our children in the country.
“They should help to orientate the young people on the right values.”