Delta state government is to close down all illegal health facilities in the state while housing units allocated to individuals but not yet occupied would also be revoked immediately.
The State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan said this during the Dashboard Implementation Workshop, designed to review the activities of Ministries and parastatals and prepare a road map that would improve the policies and programmes of the various ministries and parastatals in the state.
Uduaghan said that all clinics, nursing homes and pharmacies operating illegally or below the minimum required standard would be closed down forthwith.
Uduaghan, who affirmed that the State Government has made appreciable progress in the Health Sector with the State recording above the WHO standard on Doctor/hospital ratio as well as other paramedical staff ratio to the population of the state, however charged the staff in the sector to be more vigilant and diligent in their duties to ensure that the standard was improved upon.
Dr Uduaghan announced other conclusions reached at the Dashboard Implementation Workshopto to include embarking on mass housing programme which already has 1.5 billion naira set aside for the project.
While complaining that most investors in housing obtained Certificate Of Occupancy (C of O) from the state government and turned around to use such lands to obtain funds from financial houses for other projects, the governor said that the state government would further encourage the private sector to invest in the housing sector.
Governor Uduaghan also noted that his administration would stoutly resist any undue negative interference in the housing sector by members of his government and other influencial Deltans, saying that the state government is determined to deal with those attempting to frustrate the good intentions of government.
He therefore vowed that housing units already allocated to individuals accross the state but not yet occupied would face immediate revocation by the state government.
On the challenges posed by flooding, the Governor directed the Ministries of Works, Environment and Lands, Urban and Regional Development to jointly review the drainage system in Asaba to check flooding emanating from the Okpanam axis.
Besides, the Ministry of Transport was asked to have a database which could serve as reservoir of information for private sector investment on transport sector.
Similarly, the ministry is expected to embark on marine transportation to enable those in the riverine areas move around easily and at affordable cost.
Also, it was resolved that the State Government would pay promptly all certificates raised for jobs completed by contractors to encourage them to do more.