The immediate past General Manager, Public Affairs, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi has taken over Agura Hotels, Abuja as its General Manager.
Ajayiâ€™s appointment followed the taking over of the ownership of the hotel by the management of the NPA.
This was sequel to a legal judgement given in favour of the NPA against Fasel Services Limited, Omeire Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry Limited, Chief M.O. Kanu and Daniel Kanu.
Agura Hotels which was commissioned in 1986 as a five star hotel has 156 guest rooms and conference halls of different capacities. Over the years, however, its fortunes has nosedive with room occupancy rate at less than 20 percent in spite of its location in heart of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Ajayi who is renowned for his intelligence and excellent human relations in his hey days as the General Manager, Public Affairs in the NPA, is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new assignment in Agura Hotels.
A statement issued by the Assistant General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Mr. Ibahim Nasiru and obtained by THISDAY explained that in 2003, an Abuja Federal High Court upheld the NPA as the majority shareholders of Fasel Services Limited, a judgement which was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2017.
Arising from a board meeting of the hotel held on September 20, 2017, the NPA management explained that â€œit has assumed full control of the establishment with its Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman as Chairman while Chief Michael Kayode Ajayi has been appointed as the interim General Manager of the hotelâ€.
The new board of the hotel pointed out that an approved forensic audit of the hotel be carried out immediately while its Head of Finance steps down handing over all relevant financial instruments of the company to the newly appointed General Manager.
In addition, the board directed that all bank accounts hitherto operated be frozen while new accounts should be opened to enable what it called â€œswift and continuous operationâ€ of the hotel.