A private firm, Lamash Property Limited, which entered into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the government of Kano State on the redevelopment of the Daula Hotel, has demanded N10 billion compensation following the demolition of the property by Governor Abba Yusuf-led team on Saturday.
In the same vein, another firm, White Nig Ltd, which has a PPP arrangement with the Kano State Government to develop the Hajj Camp in the state said it was taken aback by the action of the government of Kano state.
The Managing Director of White Nig Ltd, Hassan Yusuf Baba, said: “The most unfortunate thing is that we were not notified. We only wake up to see on social media that all structures were demolished. This is a gross injustice which we will not fold our arms to see it happening in our state. We have concluded all arrangements to go to court to seek redress.
In the same development, a developer, Dan Asabe Abubakar, whose building was pulled down Saturday before the demolition of Daula Hotel and Hajj Camp who had developed the Race Course shopping complex that houses a gymnastic, medical laboratory among other vital sections, lamented how he expended over N1.4billion on the project.
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He frowned at the brazen manner the state government is going demolishing public properties without recourse to the Land use Act.
Lamash Property Limited, in a statement titled ‘Kano Government Demolition of Daula Hotel: Our Stand’, signed by its management, said it would institute a legal action to claim the N10 billion – which is the amount already invested in the project and to stop the Kano government from further taking actions that will negatively affect its activities.
The firm, which expressed surprise that the new Kano government could go as far as to demolish a multi-billion naira hotel owned by it under any guise, said the project was initiated under the administration of the then governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, through PPP, to create jobs for the people and generate revenue for the state.
Lamash Property Limited further said the move by the Abba Yusuf-led government will send negative signals to investors, adding that it never claimed ownership of the land that Daula hotel was located.