The attention of the management of Bina Consult, the managers of Stonehedge Hotel Abuja (formerly Zamfara Halal Hotel Abuja), has been drawn to a petition signed by one Sani Abdullahi (Wamban Shinkafi), a purported interim chairman of Zamfara State Government Assets Recovery Committee.
As a business entity, we wouldn’t have deemed it fit to respond to the undated and illiterate-crafted petition if not for the fact that it contained outright falsehoods, half-baked truths, blackmails, and apparent character assassination of the chief promoter of the Bina Consult Limited, Alhaji Hassan Ahmad Danbaba (Magajin Garin Sokoto), among others.
Among the falsehoods bandied by the petitioner is that the property in question was “converted into personal use” by Alhaji Hassan; that the former Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari “fraudulently” handed over the property to Alhaji Hassan Danbaba; and that the hotel had generated a net revenue of N950, 000,000 in eight years without remitting a dime to the Zamfara state government.
The petitioner is blinded with hatred that he claimed it was Governor Yari that leased the property in 2009, whereas it was during the tenure of Governor Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi.
This response is simply not aimed at joining issues with the barely literate writer of the petition, rather it was meant to set the records straight, in particular to save the gullible public which is the target recipients of the mischievous petition.
1. In May 2009, Nanet Hotels Limited wrote a proposal to Zamfara state government indicating its intention to manage the Zamfara Halal Hotel Abuja if the state government will carry out the “completion of equipping and managing” of the moribund and dilapidated facility.
2. On July 22, 2009, Zamfara state government approved the lease of the hotel to Nanet Hotels Limited.
3. On August 29, 2009, Nanet Hotels Limited wrote the state government saying the state government has not “upgraded, equipped and furnished” the hotel as agreed. And therefore, needs money to equip and furnish it before take-off.
4. In its response on October 6, 2009, the state government REVOKED the lease agreement with Nanet Hotels Limited, citing its failure to “upgrade, equip and furnish” the hotel.
5. On the other hand, the management of Bina Consult had written the state government on October 2, 2009 indicating its interest to upgrade, equip, furnish, and manage the hotel.
6. By October 7, 2009, the state government approved the lease of the hotel to Bina Consult for 20 years, renewable for another five years.
7. It was agreed also that the company will spend “over N500 million” to upgrade and equip the hotel to international standard.
8. The lease agreement further states that the company will be paying N155 million every five years (N31 million annually), but this must be after Bina Consults “recouped its N500 million investment” used in upgrading, equipping and furnishing the hotel.
9. On January 6, 2010, the state government handed over the hotel to Bina Consult.
10. However, when Bina Consult engineers and quantity surveyors assessed the facility thoroughly, it realized that the N500 million agreed was too small to execute the hotel upgrade, equipping and furnishing, which included almost changing everything save the walls and floors.
11. On March 18, 2011, the company wrote the state government officials explaining this new development, where it attached a Bill of Quantities that contains details of the cost of the upgrade, equipping and furnishing, totalling N1.5 billion.
12. Thereafter, the company went ahead with the renovations till 2015 when the hotel actually took-off.
THE BAREFACED LIES
Based on the above background, one wonders why this Sani Shinkafi, came up with this wicked lie that Governor Yari handed over the facility to Bina Consult, whereas the deal was sealed almost two years before he came to office. This mischief exposes the author of the petition’s deep-rooted personal hatred to Governor Yari to the extend of manipulating facts just to settle a political point.
We also wonders why the petitioner took a purely civil matter to EFCC without any recourse to the Lease Agreement entered into between Bina Consult and Zamfara state government, wherein all processes of arbitration were clearly spelt out in accordance with Nigeria’s extant laws.
From the tone of his petition, Sani Abdullahi, seems to be a lone ranger desperately pursuing an political agenda, perhaps seeking relevance in the scheme of things. From the beginning to the end of the petition, the jejune writer didn’t refer to any official document.
We understand the desperation of Sani Abdullahi, who earlier “recruited” an Abuja-based broadcast station to “organize a special program” for him to embarrass Alhaji Hassan Danbaba and Governor Yari. We can share his agony when the broadcast station turned down the “good offer” for journalism ethics and professionalism.
It was also evident the petitioner who has been a serial loser in all the elections he contested since 1999 was not aware that the incumbent administration of His Excellency, Governor Bello Matawalle, after its assumption into office, had sent an 8- man delegation under the leadership of the Secretary to State the Government of the old Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Nahuche, for a fact-finding mission to the hotel recently. The delegation stayed in the hotel and interfaced with our management and staff for eight days, cross checking our records, among other due diligence vetting.
After the Nahuce-delegation finished their work, the state government sent its team of professionals, compromising engineers, quantity surveyors, real estate valuers, and hospitality professionals for another round of vetting. After all this, the management of the hotel was not found wanting in any way.
It is based on the foregoing that we insist that the company won’t partake in the wild goose chase solely championed by the petitioner.
For Bina Consult Management