Piqued by over whelming reports of contracts’ racketeering, Delta State government said it has sacked 43 of her workers, and demoted 15 others for sundry offences.
The state commissioner for Housing, Arch Ogeh Joseph Ajiri, who confirmed this in Asaba yesterday, said, “ In the reports the state government got about some of her workers involved in contracts racketeering, it has relieved forty three of them their appointment, while fifteen others were demoted of sundry offences. The affected workers, many of them, are staff of the ministry of Housing and Works. More worrisome, is the comprising of professional standards in collaboration with dubious contractors to carry out sub-standard projects, some other staff that were indicted in the course of investigation were forced to resign their appointment, these staff, many of them are higher officers who for financial gains, were involved.”
Arch Ogeh who spoke exclusively on the Ministry of Housing activities in the past three years, said, “My ministry renovated various quarters occupied by public servants in the state between May 2015 to date in the cost of N500million; the construction of Head of Service Office Complex in Asaba in the cost of N477,169,721,05; construction/ rehabilitation of the Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, and Aides Quarters in the cost of N244,238,207,45 in December,2015; and the project had since been completed. Renovation of General Hospitals across the three senatorial districts of the state, and remodeling of Central Hospital, Agbor at the total contract sum of N2,621,920,915,49. These contracts were however handled by various contractors.”
The commissioner disclosed that the designing of the Law Faculty Building at Oleh Campus of the Delta State University (DELSU) and the supervision of the project to its completion by the Housing Ministry was done at the contract sum of N254,183,767,89. He added that the construction of Lecture Theatre was ongoing at the same campus, noting that it will cost N283,869,889.
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