Our Reporter 29/02/2012
The Ogun State government yesterday denied reports that it confiscated a hotel purportedly owned by former Governor Gbenga Daniel. It said the allegation was unfounded because the Gulf Hotel Resort whose Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) was cancelled did not belong to Daniel. The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwemimo Ogunde (SAN), said that neither the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) nor the Article of association of Gulf Resort Hotel Limited indicate that the former governor was the owner or the promoter of the hotel and therefore could not claim that his property had been taken over.
Ogunde said: The Judicial Commission of Enquiry set up by Governor Ibikunle Amosun looked into allegations made by some petitioners concerning the land upon which the hotel was built and recommended that the Certificate of Occupancy be cancelled.
The governor has cancelled that Certificate of Occupancy of the land on which the hotel is standing. Unfortunately, after it was cancelled, they continued to work on the land without any order of court to work on a land which Certificate of Occupancy has been cancelled. As I speak, there is no court order permitting Gulf Hotel Resources to continue to work on that land which Certificate of Occupation has been cancelled. The commissioner said that the government did no wrong in preventing further construction on the land, adding: We believe that we have not violated any court order.
No court has directed that we should leave the land, so we have prevented them from working because the C-of-O has been cancelled. They now have before the court a motion asking that the court restore the certificate of the land to them. The court is yet to determine it, and it has not been heard, but I can assure you that we are defending it. That is why I wont want to commend on the matter beyond that point.
If the court directs that in spite of the cancellation, we should allow them to work, we will, but there is no order of the court on it and we have prevented them from working in that hotel. We have set up a White Paper Implementation Committee which is headed by the Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun. It has started working, but the implementation of the White Paper will take a while so they are to implement the recommendations of the White Paper one after the other.
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