By Balkis Tijani.
Harmony Holdings Ltd, the investment company belonging to Kwara State government yesterday, through its Corporate Affairs Department, clarified that the site for the demolished mosque inside the Kwara hotel would now accommodate the Ilorin Innovation Centre (IIC).
In a statement, which was obviously a response to the rumour making the rounds that the State government demolished a part of the hotel in order to build a casino, Harmony Holdings states that the cleared section was for “the construction of the much-talked-about Ilorin Innovation Centre.”
The statement reads further, “The area of the state-owned hotel being used for the project eats up a part of the Kwara Hotel mosque which has now been relocated to another section of the hotel. A new mosque with the same design and space is being constructed just behind the Bureau de change section of the hotel. The mosque will be ready in the next one month while a temporary space has been allowed for prayers.
“The Kwara State Executive Council had recently approved the award of the contract for the Innovation Centre as part of the administration’s efforts to expand the local economy, create jobs for youths, and generate more revenues.”
INSIDER NG had earlier reported that the Hotels Management gave the staff living around that section of the hotel a notice of vacation. We also reported at the time that there was an allegation that the State Government planned to sell off that part of the hotel.
This is the first time there would be an official justification for what observers had misconstrued as attempt by the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq administration to destroy Kwara Hotels, one of the legacy companies owned by the State.