Al-Makura fines demolished radio station, says he won’t pay compensation

The Governor of Nasarawa, Umaru Al-Makura, has directed the demolished Breeze 99.9 FM to pay fine; after the state government was asked to compensate the station.

“The matter is already concluded; compensation will not be paid over government’s action,” the governor said, in Lafia on Tuesday while he was distributing relief materials to 50 communities hit by various crises, NAN reports.

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

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

According to commissioner of information, Abdulhamid Kwarra, explained tha the station had to be demolished action in order to protect people living in the neighbourhood against radioactive materials from the station’s mast.

The station has threatened to go to court to challenge the action which it said was a reaction to its insistence on reporting the ongoing workers strike.

In reaction, Al Makura said, “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.

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

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

“After the​ notices, their structures will definitely go down the way Breeze FM went.

“So, I want to use this opportunity to call on people to please abide by the rules and regulations.” 

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