Delta State government is set to come up with policies aimed at reducing the housing deficit in the state estimated to be 400,000 units within the shortest possible time.
Commissioner for housing, Paulinus Akpeki, disclosed this at a ministerial briefing for commissioners in the state organised by the Delta State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). He said that the participation of the private sector is key in achieving the objective, noting that a high level discussion had been concluded by the state government and private investors on the best way to reduce the deficit. He added the state government had concluded plans to establish Delta State materials testing laboratory and housing revolving fund.
Akpeki declared that the state government has concluded plans to embark on the construction of 800 housing units in all the 25 local government areas across the state, under its direct government intervention programme, noting that works has already commenced on 120 social housing units project at Ogwashi-Uku.
“The Ogwashi-Uku project had been temporarily stalled by a court case that was instituted against the state government by the host community as well as the disagreement among members of the contracting firms; but efforts are in top gear to resolve the court case amicably,” he stated.
Akpeki further disclosed that 30 completed housing units by the ministry at Opkara have been sold to indigenes of the state, adding that work on another 32 units is ongoing at Ozoro while the site for the one at Ibusa under the state rural housing scheme had been acquired.