Kwara State Government has offered Hon. Mashood Mustapha’s Crystal Group in a letter dated January 31, 2024, to remodel and rebuild the legacy Kwara Hotel for 3bn as long as it follows the specifications in the government’s bill of quantities (BOQ).
Recall that a few weeks ago, Mustapha wrote an open letter to the state government in which he accused Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of mismanaging taxpayers’ money and claimed that his Crystal Group could do the job for 3bn if it were awarded the contract.
However, the state government, in a letter signed by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Senior Ibrahim Sulyman, has asked MM’s Crystal Group to come and take the contract, provided it will follow the specifications in the bill of quantities (BOQ).
The letter reads, “You will realise, and as rightly posited in your letter, that the contract with your Client is inchoate and yet to be executed. This leaves parties to the limit of their respective rights under the law.”
“However, as a show of good faith and the demonstration of the Government’s commitment to probity and public good, the State Government is willing to proceed with the uncompleted Kwara Hotel process with your client.”
“This offer is, however, predicated on the following terms: That Crystal Group shall be given the same bill of quantity (BOQ) given to the Craneburg Construction Ltd. to execute the contract to the government’s specifications and standards within a period of 24 months. This means that Crystal Group shall remodel and reconstruct Kwara Hotel in its current state of empty carcass with N3bn mentioned in your letter as well as that of Hon. Moshood Mustapha or any amount of Crystal’s choice, provided the work is done in accordance with the government’s BOQ, as prepared by IEC Group Limited, a consulting firm, and upon which the Craneburg deal was anchored.
“That in addition to providing a Guarantee from a reputable commercial bank of a sum not below N3bn, the signing of the contract shall be subject to your Client’s provision of a performance bond from any of Nigeria’s first-rate commercial banks to prosecute the contract within the timeline and to the agreed specifications. This is to demonstrate the financial capability of your client to execute the contract as well as to ensure timely delivery of the project and guide against default, in addition to protecting the public interest,” the state government added.
As part of the conditions, the state government asked Crystal Group to provide evidence of its partnership with Protea, as it once claimed to be in collaboration with the organisation.
The government said if Crystal Group satisfies all the conditions, among which are to remodel and rebuild Kwara Hotel for 3bn within 24 months, it would give it the right to manage the hotel for 15 years.
Crystal Group is expected to respond to the government’s offer before Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
As of the time of filing this report, neither Hon Mashood Mustapha nor Crystal Group has responded to the letter.