Nigeria: Govt Plots to Muscle Rockcity FM

Regulation & Policy

Indications emerged at the weekend that the Ogun State Government may have devised another strategy to intimidate perceived opponents as it launched yet another offensive against the owners of an Abeokuta-based radio station, Rockcity FM, on grounds that its headquarter's building contravened the state Urban and Regional Planning Law No. 20 of 2005.

Local newspaper This Day reported that the contravention notice, which was issued by the Abeokuta West Zonal Planning Office of the state Urban and Regional Planning office, dated February 16, 2010, stated that the radio station, which is located at Asero Housing Estate, Asero, allegedly violated the regulatory planning law through the "illegal change of use suspected to be without building plan approval."

The contravention notice, which was issued via the Serial Nos 2008/No 0022106 and ABWZPO/D1/22106/02/10 revealed that the state of work at the building had been "completed", thus setting in motion a possible showdown between the agency and management of the company, ostensibly owned by Governor Gbenga Daniel's former Commissioner of Information, Niran Malolu.

Investigations however, revealed that Daniel's administration may have devised the latest move ostensibly to rattle Malolu, whose apparent indifference had made the government uncomfortable. The State government had earlier slammed that radio station with huge taxes which was said to cover the financial year predating the establishment of the station.

This Day 27 Feb 2010