The Ogun Government has revoked the concession agreement on Olumo Rock, a popular tourist spot in Abeokuta, with Resource Support Limited (RSL).
The previous state governor, Gbenga Daniel, had signed the concession agreement, conceding the administration of the historic rock to a private manager under a 15-year plan, before leaving office in May 2011.
The Daniel administration had hinged its decision on the claim that the centre had become a burden to the state as it could not generate the needed funds to cater for the payment of staff salaries.
Olu Odeyemi, the state’s Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, however, announced the revocation in Abeokuta on Wednesday at a briefing to mark the first year anniversary of the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.
Mr. Odeyemi said the revocation had become necessary because due process was not followed and the concession arrangement was not in public interest.
He said the state was owed N50million being arrears of the profit due to government as at the time of revocation.
He also lamented that the concessionaire left the centre ”in a sorry state,” saying the infrastructure at the centre had been damaged.
The commissioner said that the present administration has turned site around, adding that “it now generates an average sum of N500,000 every month”.
He expressed optimism that the centre would be generating an average of N1 million monthly before the end of the year.
The commissioner also said that the state government would soon rehabilitate the popular Ikija road leading to the centre as part of efforts to attract tourists.