Kwara Assembly Backs Governor’s N17 Billion Plan to Revamp Kwara Hotels

The Kwara State House of Assembly has endorsed the decision of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to invest over N17 billion in the renovation of the state-owned Kwara Hotels. The House passed a resolution in support of the governor’s plan at its plenary session on Tuesday in Ilorin, the state capital.

According to the resolution, the House agreed with the Kwara State government’s choice of Craneburg Construction Company as the contractor for the rehabilitation of the Kwara Hotels, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in the state. The resolution also revoked the concession previously given to the Crystal Group of Companies by Harmony Holdings, the state’s investment arm.

The House advised the Crystal Group to refrain from any action that could damage the reputation of the government or mislead the public on the issue. The House Leader, Abdulkadir Oba Magaji (Ilorin Central), who raised the matter of general public importance, explained that the House did not communicate its approval of the concession to the executive branch because of some crucial information that emerged on the Crystal Group’s lack of competence. He cited the collapse of a building in its outlet along Sulu Gambari Road, Ilorin, as an example of the company’s poor performance, which cast doubt on its ability to handle a project as large as the Kwara Hotels.

In a related development, the House received and considered the report of the Joint House Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary and the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on a bill to amend the Kwara State Local Government Electoral Law. The Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary, Salahu Folabi Ganiyu (Omupo), presented and laid the report on the table of the House. The House then deliberated on the report at the Committee of Whole.

After the deliberation, the clerk of the House was instructed to read the bill for the third time, and then it was passed through the third reading and final passage. The clerk was also directed to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor to sign into law.


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