The owner of a five-star hotel facility, Best Western Hotel and the managing Director of Suru Worldwide Nigeria Limited, Mr Edward Akinlade, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to intervene with a view to salvaging his hotel business from collapse.
The said property which was a five-star hotel facility, known as Best Western Hotel located at opebi,ikeja Lagos was seized by Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) on September 22, 2017, over a loan facility of N13.5 billion by the deformed Oceanic Bank in 2006.
Akinlade, who claimed to have visited the hotel recently, said that there is a risk of collapse due to the ongoing renovation that tampers with the pillars of the building.
“I visited the facility recently when someone told me that renovation was ongoing. What I saw there was a complete disruption of what it is designed for. The people are destroying everything including the pillars made to support the structure. The implication is that the building can collapse” he revealed.
He continued, “I am therefore using this medium to tell the world, the federal and Lagos state government that my company, Suru Worldwide Nigeria Limited is not in charge of the work and should not be held liable in case of any eventuality.”
“However, it is important to emphasise that if nothing is done and the unexpected happens, no one should hold me responsible.”
Akinlade further stated that, “Apart from the fact that the property has lost its value, the people now working on it have destroyed the structure and I am afraid what they are doing will affect the building and possibly cause it to collapse.”