The governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun has sold the expansive premises of the State owned Gateway Hotels, Ota. Yemojanews can exclusively reveal.
We gathered that the hotel which was built by the first civilian governor of the State, late Chief Bisi Onabanjo, was sold to billionaire businessman, Tayo Amusan.
The Gateway hotel Ota, located near the old toll gate, along Lagos Abeokuta expressway Ota, according to sources will now house Shoprite, a shopping mall owned by Tayo Amusan.
Yemojanewsng.com recall that the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel at the twilight of his administration concessioned the three Gateway Hotels in Abeokuta, Ijebu-Ode and Ota to three private investors.
The reason given by the then governor for the concession was that all the three Hotels were being run at losses as only twenty seven million naira was realized from the three luxurious hotels since they were built in 1979 by late Chief Bisi Onabanjo .
But while Governor Amosun retained the concession agreement with the investors running both Abeokuta and Ijebu-Ode hotels, he reportedly canceled the Ota concession which was made with an America based hospitality investment company.
Since his inauguration as Governor of Ogun State in 2011, Governor Amosun made sure the Gateway Hotel in Ota rots away until late late year when he was about to run for his second term that he decided to sell it to Tayo Amusan.
Meanwhile, some top indigenes of Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local government are already complaining about the sale and their grouse stem from the fact that Tayo Amusan is a close ally of Governor Amosun.
“When Bisi Onabanjo established the then Gateway Hotels. He made sure he built for the Ijebu people, Egba people and the Yewa- Awori people. Go and check all the three hotels, it is the one in Ota here that is not functioning. Governor Amosun has not been fair to us at all. Now, he has sold the hotel to another Egba man, and that one is using it to build a shopping complex.” A prominent politician in Ota disclosed to Yemojanewsng.com.
However, construction works are non stop at the shopping mall and Tayo Amosun is said to be pumping a lot of money to complete the project as soon as possible.
For those who don’t know, Tayo Amusan is one of the “boys” of former Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. He is a big time property developer and has mega interests in the oil and gas industry. Tayo owns the popular Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki, Lagos State, and the newly built Shoprite Complex in Ibadan, Oyo State.