Representatives of a Malaysian
firm, KCS Megatech International, were embarrassed beyond measure Wednesday
night when dignitaries and participants at a security seminar they organised in
Concorde Hotel, Owerri, dispersed unceremoniously following a three-hour power
outage in the five-star hotel.
Concorde Hotel is one of the
projects which Governor Rochas Okorocha has been boasting of revitalising,
severally he sold the hotel for more efficient services to the people of the
state. But, since it was sold, the hotel no longer enjoys the government and
the people’s patronage, as people prefer private hotels.
The seminar, organised in
collaboration with the Imo State Investment Promotion Agency, ISIPA, was
intended to present the modern security gadgets that would guide security
organizations, hospitality and financial institutions in the state to secure
their environment and property.
It had the Chief of staff to
the governor of the state, Sir Jude Ejiogu; commissioner for petroleum and
environment and supervising commissioner for transport and tourism, Prof. Okey
Okoro, the commissioner of police, represented by DCP David Folawiwo; special
assistant to Imo state governor on security, Barr. Okey Okorocha, the Anglican
Bishop of Ikwerre Diocese, RT. Rev. Blessing Enyindah; chairman of KCS Megatech
Nigeria, Brig-Gen. Alton Ama and top management of business organizations in
the state with Malaysian representatives, Mr. Sam Ngik and Mr. Jane Francois.
The seminar which was
scheduled to commence by 3 pm, could not start till around 4pm because of lack
of electricity in the expansive Sam Mbakwe Hall of the hotel.
But when it eventually commenced,
no sooner had the commissioner of police been called upon to present his speech
than the light went off and was never restored till 7.00 pm, a development that
forced the organizers to postpone the event.
Because of the importance of
the seminar, the participants exercised some patience, hoping the hotel would
use its back-up generating set. But after about 30 minutes of waiting without
electricity, dignitaries started leaving in annoyance, accusing the state
government of selling the once bustling hotel to incompetent managers.
Reacting to the development,
one of the directors of KCS Megatech, Sir Kennedy Amadi expressed
disappointment in the management of Concorde Hotel, which he said bungled the
seminar. He said the team was not in Imo for solely economic reason, but for
the security of the country.
Also speaking, another
director, Mr. Chris Onyemachi described the action of the hotel as sabotage,
saying, the organiners had tried their best to ensure a successful outing “but
today, you pressmen have seen what happened because the management of Concorde
has decided to spoil the programme for us. We will leave the rest for you
journalists to help the state and our country to stop this kind of sabotage”.
They expressed surprise that
such a disappointment could come from a hotel as big as Concorde, because it
does not happen anywhere else in the world.
They hinted that the firm
would discuss with their lawyers for advice on the next line of action.
Speaking with journalists,
the state Commissioner for petroleum and environment and supervising
commissioner for transport and tourism, Prof. Okey Okoro who was visibly
disappointed by the situation blamed the management of the hotel for trying to
run the hotel aground.
He simply said the government
would find a solution to the problem.
The chairman of the Imo State
Investment Promotion Agency, ISIPA, Hon. Harmony Aguoru, who was livid with
anger, could not speak journalists.
It was learnt that the agency
spent up to N70 million in organizing the seminar.