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Kwara Assembly backs Gov Abdulrazaq on renovation of state hotel with N17bn

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The Kwara State House of Assembly has thrown its weight behind the decision of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to rehabilitate the state-owned Kwara Hotels with over N17 billion.

This was the resolution taken by the House at its plenary on Tuesday in Ilorin.

In the resolution, the House aligned itself with the decision of the Kwara State government to award the contract for the rehabilitation of the Kwara Hotels to a more competent contractor, namely Craneburg Construction Company.

The resolution superseded the concession earlier granted to the Crystal Group of Companies.

The House urged the Crystal Group to discontinue any act capable of tarnishing and blackmailing the government and misinforming the public on the subject matter.

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House Leader Abdulkadir Oba Magaji (Ilorin Central) had raised a matter of general public importance relying on Order VII, Rule 40 of the House Rules, on the need to review the position of the House of Assembly on the approval earlier granted for the concession of Kwara Hotels to the Crystal group of companies by Harmony Holdings.

Oba noted the imperative of the need to clarify that the House did not communicate the approval to the executive arm because of the emergence of some vital pieces of information on the incompetence of the Crystal Group, under whose supervision a building collapsed in its outlet along Sulu Gambari Road, Ilorin, which raised questions on entrusting the same company with a project of a huge magnitude as the Kwara Hotels.

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In another development, 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 was presented and laid on the table of the House by the Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary, Salahu Folabi Ganiyu (Omupo).

Thereafter, the House considered the report at the Committee of Whole.

After the consideration of the report, the clerk of the House was directed to read the bill the third time, and thereafter, it passed through the third reading and final passage.

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The clerk was thereafter directed to produce a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.

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