Management Contract: AKSG, Icon Group Battle in Court Over 5-Star Hotel

Management Contract: AKSG, Icon Group Battle in Court Over 5-Star Hotel

Top hospitality outfit Icon Hotels Group has told the Akwa Ibom State Government to maintain the status quo ante on the management of the state’s 5-star hotel until the determination of the three pending suits in different courts in Uyo and Calabar.

In a Caveat Emptor made available to TheMail on Monday, the group stated that it is aware that the state government is currently sourcing a substantive manager for the Ibom Hotels and Golf Resort, formerly Le Meridien Hotel.

There are pending cases in the State High Court, Federal High Court, both in Uyo, and the Court of Appeal in Calabar involving both parties.

The court cases are occasioned by an alleged breach of contract on the part of the AKSG, where the government abruptly ended the management contract it signed with Icon Group.

In the Caveat Emptor issued on behalf of Icon Group by its legal representative, Abu Samson Esq. of Abu Samson & Co, 29B Colorado Street, Ministers Hill, Maitama, Abuja, the hospitality outfit warned that anyone or company who intends to show interest in taking over the management of the Ibom Hotels & Golf Resort in a substantive capacity would be doing so at his/her/their own peril.

“It has come to the notice of our client, Icon Hotels & Resort Nigeria Limited, that despite pending court matters challenging the purported termination of the management contract agreement executed between the Akwa Ibom State Government and our client, the Akwa Ibom State Government is actually sourcing a substantive manager for the said hotel while the suit is pending in court.

“Parties and counsel were duly served all court processes, and parties have also taken steps by exchanging pleadings and are presumed to understand the principles of law that they cannot take further steps in negotiating, appointing, and executing another contract with another substantive manager for the hotel until all matters are dispensed with,” the Caveat Emptor reads.

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