Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta state Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed joy that with the tempo of work at the multi-billion-naira secretariat complex being constructed by his administration in Asaba, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government in the next couple of months will be located in one complex.
The governor told newsmen shortly after inspecting the edifice at the weekend, that the contractor was not only executing the job to specification, but was working to beat the deadline for the delivery of the project.
“From what we can see here, in the next few months, all MDAs will be in one location; it may surprise you to know that due to lack of adequate accommodation in our secretariats, our MDAs are in different locations in rented apartments to the extent that some are very difficult to locate.
“I am happy that soon, there will be more efficiency in service-delivery as all the MDAs will be in one location which will enhance functionality, discipline and shared service to ensure ease in their operation, reduce cost of managing government business because, they will have one source of power, internet services, among others,” the governor said.
According to Okowa, with the state civil servants working in one location in a conducive environment, which will have banking halls, crèche, among other facilities will boost discipline and output in the overall interest of the people.
Also, speaking at the new General Hospital complex, Asaba, the governor stated that when fully operational the hospital will be exemplary in the country, disclosing that skeletal services were being offered at the hospital ahead of its full completion before the end of the year.
He expressed joy at the state-of-the-art medical facilities that have been installed at the hospital, adding that some of the operations of the hospital would be run by the private sector.
“Though, it is a hospital, you can see that we have created a very warm environment; a friendly environment which will in a great way assist in the speedy recovery of patients; the facilities that we have seen are very modern and when fully operational, we will be proud to say we have a hospital that is exemplary in our state,” he stated.