The Chief Executive Officer of Halmod Bar and Entertainment has appealed to the Ogun state Governor, prince Dapo Abiodun for approval over his planned return to MKO Stadium.
He revealed that his company has once paid a sum 10.5million naira as tax to the last administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Halmod disclosed this to newsmen when he marked his 60th birthday in Abeokuta. Ogun state.
The business guru said that there is need for Ogun state government to maximize the use of MKO stadium for economic and social benefit of the state.
He added that his company has created employment opportunities for over hundred unemployed youths in the state
He said, ''I want to appeal to the current administration to allow us to go back to Kuto stadium to continue our club business because the advantage of reopening stadium for business activities was that it would help the state government to generate more revenue internally.
''I will appreciate it if we are allowed back to go back to stadium to continue our businesses. It will be a win-win situation for us and government. Personally, I paid about N10.5million naira to the coffers of the state government as tax annually. Now calculate that with other business owners if the government allow us to operate.
''I have employed over 100 staff. The least of my staff receives N15,000 and the most salary was N70,000”
He however said that the last administration asked him to vacate the stadium Because of teenagers who used to hawking cigarette around the stadium.
''We were asked to vacate the stadium for some time, while they promised to renovate, and to stop teenagers from roaming about”
“Up till date, we have not been called back to stadium.
''I have lost over N40million Naira and it has actually affected me but other branches have been sustaining me till now. But MKO Stadium was the major source where we see our money. The stadium is known worldwide, people would come from outside to relax and enjoy themselves”
He maintained that when the current administration came on board they assured them that they would allow them to go back to stadium as soon as a sports commissioner is appointed to manage the stadium, and since then nothing has been done.
He therefore, enjoined Governor Abiodun to return normalcy and sanity to stadium as it is the practice across the world.