The Kano state government has dismissed reports circulating on social media platforms that it has sold the decrepit Daula Hotel to the chairman of Mudassir and Brothers textile company, Alhaji Mudassir Idris Abubakr.
DAILY FOCUS reports that the social media community in Kano was flooded with allegations and claims last week that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had sold the moribund hotel structures located at Murtala Muhammad way in the city to textile giant Mudassir and Brothers.
It was learnt that the allegations were sparked by a statement released on Friday by Muhammad Garba, the states’s Commissioner for Information saying a shopping mall would be built at the Daula Hotel premises by Messrs Mudassir and Brothers.
Mr Garba said the decision was taken during the state’s weekly executive council meeting.
“The council has also gives (sic) approval for the proposed construction and establishment of an ultra-modern and Multi-Purpose Shopping Mall at former Daula Hotel premises located at Murtala Muhammad Way by Mudatex Mudassir and Brothers Ltd,” he said.
However, speaking on Freedom Radio on Monday, Shehu Na’Allah Kura, the state’s commissioner for finance, denied any plans by the government to sell the hotel structures.
“There is no truth in the allegations that the government has sold Daula Hotel, but we have started collaborating with this business man (Mudassir) on how to improve the place for the overall interests of the state,” he said.
Mr Kura added that the hotel, which has been in a dilapidated state for years due to negligence by past administrations, is now becoming a security threat.
“This is why we began searching for investors that would revive the structures but for a long time, nobody was willing to invest due to the extent of dilapidation there,” he said.
The commissioner explained that the revival of Daula Hotel would help the economy of Kano state in the same way Ado Bayero Mall is generating revenue after the government brought investors.