Delta state government has expressed worries over the practice by some unscrupulous civil servants who allegedly collude with dubious contractors to compromise professional standards in project execution across the state.
The state commissioner for housing, Mr. Joseph Ogeh, who expressed this concern during a ministerial press briefing in Asaba, the Delta state capital, warned that any civil servant caught in the act will be made to face severe sanctions.
Ogeh told journalists that the compromising attitude of some staff of the ministry with dubious contractors which end up in the delivery of sub-standard projects, was a major challenge to the government.
He said some staff who were caught in the unholy romance with contractors had been demoted, adding that some were made to resign while others were made to lose promotion to the next level.
Ogeh, who did not, however, reveal the number of personnel that have been sanctioned for compromising standards in project execution, stated that the specifics could be obtained from the office of the head of service.
He said that the sale of Guinea House, a property of the state government, located in Lagos, was carried out by the immediate past administration of Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan in line with established due process.
According to him: “This is not supposed to be an issue because it is a property of the state. It was sold by the last administration, we only came to meet the documents. Based on the documents, the sale followed due process.”
Ogeh stated that the ministry has embarked on housing projects aimed at providing affordable houses for Deltans and other residents of the state.
He said a fresh contract for the completion of 154 three and four bedroom bungalows at Okerenkoko was awarded to Disek Integrated Global Limited in October last year at 2,905,385,852.23.
Ogeh stated that the ministry had equally been involved in the renovation of government residential quarters and offices just as it completed the construction of Head of Service office complex in Asaba at the cost of N477,169,721.05, among other projects.
The housing commissioner disclosed that the ministry has structured out modalities to ensure civil servants and private sectors own their houses in the state.
The commissioner further listed the renovation of government quarters and some offices at Asaba, to include the construction of the Head of Service office complex and office building for state independent electoral commission as well as the remodelling/rehabilitation of governor’s lodge in Abuja as major activities embarked upon by the ministry.
On the redevelopment of the Junior Staff Quarters, the commissioner said that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa placed a very high premium on the state civil servants to own their homes, saying that it was why the governor approved the owner occupation policy.
Mr Ogeh noted that the ministry of housing had aligned to the SMART Agenda of the state government, explaining that the multiplier effect had led to the wealth creation and provision of direct and indirect jobs for Deltans as well as the transformation of the environment through urban renewal.