Staff of Kwara Hotel, Ilorin have staged a demonstration against the alleged plan of the state government to transfer the management of the hotel to another company without being carried along by the government.
Chanting protest songs and carrying placards, the staff alleged that the new company to manage the hotel, Harmony Holdings came in the night to inform them of the takeover.
They wondered what would happen to the five months’ salary arrears and other entitlements owed them.
The general secretary of the hotel and personal services, Gbenga Ishola and another protester from the National Union of Hotels, Akor Joseph, both argued that due process has not been followed in the planned takeover of the hotel.
They also said that several emoluments worth 300 million naira was to be paid to the workers who were yet to know their status and what would become of them after the purported takeover.
In his reaction, the Managing Director of Harmony Holdings, Tope Daramola, said that several meetings had been held with the staff on the plan to reposition the hotel which he said is now in a deplorable state.
He wondered how few of the staff could stop the takeover when the state government which owned the two establishments prefers Harmony Holdings to manage the hotel.
He said that he suspected that the protest could be the fifth columnist at work.
Speakers of state Houses of Assembly have met on how to domicile the Criminal Justice Act in their respective states for fairness, orderliness and quick dispensation of justice.
The legislators gathered at the Banquet Hall of Kwara Hotel in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital for a two-day conference of Speakers to deliberate on the need ensure that states implement the Criminal Justice Act.
The Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmed, said that the conference would amend those areas of flaws that had been observed and agree on a single model administration of Criminal Justice Bill that would be enacted by each state within an agreed time frame.
Dr. Ahmed expressed hope that the conference would lay the road map to fast track legislative steps towards state level adoption of the administration of the Criminal Justice Act.
In his address, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, advocated a more dynamic constitutional amendment process to enable the legislative arm and the whole country respond to critical needs to modify existing laws while retaining the safeguards necessary to maintain their sanctity.
According to him, “A sound criminal justice system is imperative for economic growth, political stability and social equilibrium”. Governor Ahmed called for a solid foundation of good laws that could curb anti-social behaviors and other disruptive tendencies in the society.
A representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, Dr. Belachew Fikre, who was at the event, promised that the body would continue to support the administration of Criminal Justice Act, in order to promote effective management of criminal justice, quick dispensation of justice as well as protection of the rights of suspects.