The Ile-Ife-based radio station, Crown FM, believed to be owned by the defeated 2014 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has been discovered to be operating in the state illegally.
The Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Architect Wale Ojo, dropped the hint at an interactive session with Directors of Lands in the Local Government Councils and House of Assembly Committee on Lands recently.
The revelation was sequel to the concern raised by the Chairman of the House Committee on Lands, Honourable Nurein Adebisi; his deputy, Wasiu Adebayo and other members of the committee over indiscriminate erection of shops at non-permitted areas and conversion of residential buildings to commercial use in various towns across the state.
According to Ojo, the radio station was operating without any permit and payment of necessary dues to the state
government on issues relating to lands and properties.
He said, all efforts to approach the leadership of the organisation for necessary permits from the ministry have been
frustrated, as fierce looking men were stationed to man the station.
Noting that though, a residential building was converted to house the radio station, but before such action could be
taken, the ministry ought to have been approached to get permit.
“One cannot just convert residential buildings to commercial purpose without approaching the ministry for clearance and payment of necessary dues.
“As I am talking to you, as far as we are concerned, the Crown FM is operating illegally. And I must tell you that
they are not approachable because of the fierce looking men that are there,” he said.
Responding, Honourable Adebisi said there might be several of such structures, operating for commercial purposes or otherwise without permit, charging the ministry and local government officials to be proactive enough in doing their jobs.
“I am sure that the management of the radio station would know that they have to get permit and if they have not, it
is your duty to approach them to do the necessary things.
“In the course of approaching them, if you know that your officials are not safe, make provision for security, so that there won’t be any fear,” he said.
Adebisi then charged all the stakeholders to cooperate with the officials of government in the course of doing their
jobs, saying the present economic situation requires everyone to contribute where necessary.