No regrets over demolition of Breeze 99.9 FM, says Almakura
Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Almakura, has restated that his administration does not regret the demolition of Breeze 99.9 FM station. Almakura made the declaration last week in Laffia at the flag off distribution of relief materials to displaced communities in the state.
He insisted that the government would not pay any compensation, but would insist that the management of Breeze FM pay a fine for illegally operating a radio station in unauthorised resident.
“I do not regret the demolition of Breeze FM station,” he said. “More business outfits will still go down like Breeze FM. Whatever anybody from any quarter is saying on the demolition is because they are ignorant of why we did what we did. I cautioned NBC to be wary of issuing certificates of approval to just anybody anyhow.”
He said the state government has completed its physical planning arrangement where urban areas have been carefully planned and integrated into the state’s master plan, hence the warning to owners of houses built wrongly that demolition exercise would commence soon.
“The state government has already directed development control and the Ministry of Land to identify all homes, offices, commercial centres that do not conform or abide by regulations and give them statutory notices.”
Meanwhile, Almakura has distributed over N300,000 worth of relief materials to displaced communities, mainly in the Southern Senatorial zone. He noted that the crisis that led to the displacement of over 30 communities in the state was inherited from past administration.
“Before my administration came on board there had been communal clashes in various communities in the state,” stated.He called on people in the state to leave the past behind them and live together. The items dolled out included 30,000 bags of cement, 5,000 bundles of roofing sheet, 6,000 bags of rice, 3,000 cartons of Maggie, among others.