Activist flays demolition of Owena Motel

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 18th, 2014

An Akure based lawyer, Charles Titiloye has criticised the ongoing demolition at Owena Motel, owned by the Ondo State government.

A statement issued in Akure described the deal entered into by the state government to demolish the hotel and assign it for building of a shopping mall as a waste of public asset and destruction of heritage of the people built by founding fathers.

Titiloye paid homage to the first executive Governor of the State, Chief Adekunle Ajasin, who built the hotel out of the little resources accruing to the state then.

He said “It is unfortunate that Governor Olusegun Mimiko, who now enjoy royalties and income from oil, cannot build Hotel or complete his Dome project in Akure but he is destroying our commonwealth, which for five years now of his government, he found difficult to resuscitate”.

The activist opined that there were so many undeveloped open and strategically located land that government should had given out for shopping mall in Akure and not Owena Hotel, which he described as the premier Hotel in Akure.

“What is the fate of more than 200 people employed in the hotel? Is the government not compounding and increasing unemployment in the state?” He queried.
Titiloye blamed the Ondo NLC for being docile and inactive on the plight of workers in the state, stressing “instead of building public institution, our government is selling and destroying the one they met in office”.

He challenged the incumbent government to make public its contractual deal which led to the ongoing demolition of Owena Hotel.

The lawyer said he requested formally for it under the Freedom of Information Act, (FoI) since the government continued to keep the people of the state in dark in respect of the transaction.

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