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Kwara Shuts Hotel, Plans Repositioning

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Kwara State Government has announced the shutdown of Kwara Hotels ahead of repositioning of the business edifice.

A statement signed by Commissioner for Business, Innovation and Technology (BIT) in the state, Mr Ibrahim Akaje, on Sunday, said that “the government directed the shutdown of the ailing Kwara Hotels pending rehabilitation and repositioning of the facility.”

Akaje explained that the shutdown was a forerunner to many interventions that would be done to bring the hotel back to life.

Various ministries, departments and agencies of government connected to the facility, including Harmony Holdings, were to meet to discuss modalities for the shutdown ahead of the facility renewals, the statement added.

“The government has approved immediate shutdown of the facility while rehabilitation and repositioning is done. A section of it had long become dilapidated and totally unusable. It therefore needs to be shut down for safety reasons.

“Further steps will be taken in phases to restore the glory of the hotel and return it to productivity”, the commissioner said.

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This came hours after the state government announced the placement of Kwara Hotels and Cargo Terminal under the BIT Ministry and a day after the government again had to intervene in the payment of the hotel staff due to its inability to pay salaries and meet other obligations.

The council had also directed that Ministries of Finance and Planning and Economic Development to henceforth make budgetary provisions for the repositioning of the hotel.

Workers had received their seven-month salary arrears after protest.

This was after the Kwara State Executive Council approved that control and supervision of the hotel revert to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology(BIT) as it was before it came under Harmony Holdings Ltd.

The interventionist decision was a step to save the hotels from its perennial crisis, including facility collapse and huge debts that had made it default in salary payments to its workers.



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