The Delta State Project Implementation and Evaluation Office has visited the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Ethiope west local government area of Delta state for an on the spot assessment of the ongoing renovation work at the tertiary health institution.
The monitoring team, led by an Executive Assistant to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Prince Godwin Ejinyere, was received by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Ogueh Onome, who commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for setting up an office to evaluate and monitor government projects across the State.
Dr. Onome expressed delight at the total overhaul of the Main Building of the Teaching Hospital and thanked the Okowa administration for its efforts at repositioning the facility.
The Chief Engineer of the hospital, Emeri Spencer Uche, who conducted the monitoring team round the facility, said the job was already 65 percent complete and assured the team that it would be delivered in April 2020.
The leader of the monitoring team, Prince Godwin Ejinyere, said the exercise was not to witch-hunt anyone, but to identify and fill existing gaps towards effective and quality job delivery for the benefit of the people of Delta state.
Prince Ejinyere said the Office of Project Implementation and Evaluation was out for serious business, stressing that it would no longer be business as usual for any contractor as government projects should not be seen as gold mines to be exploited.
He attributed the quick dilapidation of DELSUTH to lack of maintenance culture and said his team would visit the project fortnightly to fast track its completion.
A member of the team and SSA to the Governor on Project Monitoring, Honourable Jahswill Asaba, advised the contractor against cutting corners as the hospital was the last port of call for Deltans and other Nigerians seeking health services.
Another member of the team, Engineer Emmanuel Mormah, also SSA to the Governor on Project Monitoring, urged the contractor to continue with his good work and ensure early completion of the project.
For his part, the Consultant, Architect Chidozie, commended Governor Okowa for appointing engineering experts as project monitors whose observations were very professional and technical, and praised the team for the visit.
The project monitoring team also included SSA Architect Agbegha Brigbene, Field Offiers Israel Arue and Mrs Donwa Obatarhe.