Popular music producer and gospel musician, Mr Yinka Ayefele, has expressed “profound gratitude” to Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi for assisting him to remodel and rebuild his Music House to a better edifice.
Ayefele, who runs a popular radio station, Fresh FM, in Ibadan, the state capital, yesterday led top management of the station on what he called a “thank you” visit to the governor.
The façade of the building housing the radio station had been partially demolished by the state’s Physical and Urban Development Control last August for contravening physical planning and urban development laws.
But the governor intervened, following personal pleas by Ayefele and the expression of his preparedness to comply with the restructuring model proposed by the agency.
The agency justified its action on the initial refusal of the management of the building to rectify the infractions and its insistence on safeguarding lives and property of residents and commuters plying the Music House area.
Aiyefele, who described Ajimobi as a listening father and good leader, said he had learnt lessons from the saga.
The popular musician expressed appreciation to the governor on the need for mutual understanding and cooperation between the government and citizens.
He said: “I have come here with my management team to say a big ‘thank you’ to our father (Ajimobi), a good leader and someone who I will boldly describe as a good example to this generation for his large heart.
“I also want to thank all the people working with the governor, especially the committee that worked with our management committee on the remodelling and reconstruction of the Music House for their exemplary conduct.
“God has wiped away my sorrow through you (governor). You have helped me personally in this matter because I have been down emotionally since the partial demolition of the building. I have learnt lessons from the incident. Now, the building has become a better edifice.
“On behalf of my family, my workers and all the good people who expressed concern when the incident occurred, I hereby express my profound gratitude to the governor for the kind gesture.”
As a mark of appreciation, Ayefele presented a sketched portrait of the governor to him.