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Nasarawa govt won’t compensate Breeze FM for demolition– Al-Makura

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Upon the intervention of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) immediately the enforcement unit of the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) demolished part of the station, the State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura has declared in Lafia that the government would not compensate the management of Breeze 99.9 FM over the demolition.

The NUDB had on May 12, 2017 demolished the private radio station, citing violation of approved laws.

According to the Governor, “The matter is already concluded; compensation will not be paid over government’s action.”

He said that government had directed the Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) to fine the radio station for violating approved land laws.

Al-Makura said that the station would be fined to deter others from committing similar offence.

“Nasarawa government will not pay any compensation as is being suggested in some quarters. It is the management of Breeze FM that will pay a fine for violating laid down rules.

“You cannot have a radio station where you have a restaurant, a business centre and a prayer centre. It does not happen anywhere, “he said.

He added that the demolition exercise that brought down the radio station would also affect other structures that failed to adhere strictly to laid down laws on buildings.

“All houses built on wrong sites, which have not adhered to development regulations, will be destroyed whether they are residences, factories or radio stations.

Commissioner of Information, Abdulhamid Kwarra, explained that the action became necessary to protect people living in the neighbourhood against radioactive materials from the station’s mast.

But there are indications that the station may go to court to challenge the action which it said was a reaction to its insistence on reporting the ongoing workers strike.

“People must learn to comply and abide by rules and regulations,” the governor said.


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