The Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, has announced the dissolution of the board of Ikeja Hotels Plc due to unresolved internal crisis involving some majority shareholders of the company.
The commission said in a statement that the measure became necessary in order not to allow the warring parties take certain actions that would give them an advantage over one another.
According to the SEC, to forestall chaos in the organization, the commission and other distinguished personalities, had previously held various meetings with the existing Board towards resolving the crisis but lamented that the company continued to be plagued with unhealthy corporate governance practices in disregard of the Code of Corporate Governance for public companies.
It said: “Having failed to resolve its lingering crisis, the commission, in exercise of the powers conferred on it by the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 to protect investors and the integrity of the securities market, hereby, approves the appointment of an interim board for the company with Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN, as Interim Chairman.”
“The interim Board among others is mandated to oversee the conduct of a forensic investigation into the affairs of the company.
“It is the commission’s expectation that the shareholders and key Management staff of the company will work with the new team to ensure that the fortunes of the company are restored in the shortest possible time” the statement read.