Osakhare Erese, Asaba
The Delta State Housing of Assembly has flayed the housing challenges facing civil servants in the state and assured of its readiness to assist in the creation of effective and efficient housing policy that will tackle the challenges.
The Chairman of the Committee for Housing, Orezi Esievo, who spoke to journalists yesterday in Asaba, however promised that her committee would address the hindrances that had been militating against the progress of the ongoing state government housing project in Issele-Azagba Housing Estate, even as she called for the sitting of the housing units in ideal location, devoid of political consideration to save cost.
Esievo explained that the committee will work assiduously to encourage cordial working relationship between the state Ministries of Justice, and Housing to produce a financial housing policy, just as she expressed surprise over the revelation that there is absence of a workable housing policy in the Housing Ministry by the Commissioner, Arc Joseph Ogeh.
She said that the discovery of the State’s Housing property in London, Ibadan, Kaduna and Kwara, including the problem of housing units in the state, would be seriously tackled soon considering the effective handling of the bill of Quantity Bill before the House, and assured Deltans of the state government’s preparedness to construct more housing units across the state, especially the building of 1, 000 housing units in two years.
The State Commissioner for Housing, Arc Joseph Ogeh, had last week noted the impact of non-existence of a functional housing policy to the growth and development of the housing sub-section of economy in the state over the years.
He had disclosed that the state government was working round the clock for the effective construction of a new secretariat, capable of housing the 28 state government agencies currently operating in private housing units.
The Commissioner observed that the state government’s partnership with the Africa Development Bank (ADB) would enhance the progress of the housing units, adding that the state’s collaboration with Shelter Afrique for the construction of 1, 000 housing units would soon yield positive result.
He said “The ministry’s two years intensive documentation had paved the way for the discovery of many hidden state government assets (housing property) in London, Ibadan, Kaduna and Kwara”.
Meanwhile, President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Delta State Chapter, Elder Eugene Jacob, has admonished farmers in the state to avail themselves of the various incentives provided by government to improve their lot, promising his committed to the improved welfare of farmers in the state having been returned unopposed for a second term.
Disclosing this in his acceptance speech during the 2017 Convention of the association held at the weekend in Asaba, the newly returned President commended the farmers for finding him worthy to remain in office and see the fruition of his desires for the association, stressing that the improved welfare of farmers in the state is at the core of his agenda.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, Jacob had urged farmers in the state to appreciate the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme, adding that the programme had been designed to accommodate all categories of people who are ready to invest in agriculture.
While encouraging farmers to key in to the initiative, he said that one of the benefits of the programme is that it has been insured against natural disaster such as flood, adding that issues which pose huge threat to farmers such as land and finance have largely been addressed for the scheme to meet desired expectations.