Breeze FM 99.9, the first privately Radio station in Nasarawa state, has been demolished on orders of Gov. Umaru Al-Makura because it announced that the state workers were embarking on strike action.
The Station was commissioned in March 2017 by Gov. Umaru Al-Makura. However, on May 12, barely two months after the commissioning, Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDB) issued the management of the station with quit notice over allegations that the original plan of the structure had been violated. Despite explanations given by the management of the station, the board notified it on Friday that the demolition would be carried out on Saturday.Facebook user Elizabeth Odeh explained that the Radio station was demolished for speaking against the non-payment of salaries in the state for 5 months. She wrote:
“The Nasarawa state governor Gov. Tanko almakura has ordered the urban development to demolish a radio station called Breeze fm 99.9 in Lafia.
Lastweek, the civil servant went on strike for non-payment of salaries for 5month. They came to the radio station to plead to the governor through media and the radio fm advertised it, to our surprise the urban development who are ALSO on strike was in the radio station the following morning to give notice of demolishion base on the governors order.
This morning they came to the radio station and demolished the building.”