#2021Budget: Equip State House Clinic, stop Buhari’s foreign medical trips, Senate tells officials
The Nigerian Senate has told State House officials to restrain President Muhammadu Buhari from foreign trips for medical treatment in order to ensure the State House clinic becomes functional this year. Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs on Thursday gave the warning when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend its 2021 budget estimates. The State House official during the defense had presented a budget of N19.7bn for 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the State House Cliinic. Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, reacting to the proposal said the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic but insisted that the President and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment. The Permanent Secretary, while speaking with newsmen after the budget defense, promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet the medical needs of the President and other top officials once the budget was approved. “We have appealed to the committee to assist us with the presidential wing of the State House Clinic. “The N1.3bn is absolutely inadequate when you juxtapose the amount proposed, the labour, and the status of the principals that the project is going to serve. “When compared with worldwide standards you see that it is not anything near what we need. “The clinic is considered a legacy project for us because we want to leave something down. “It is not correct to say the state house clinic is in comatose. It is not,” he said.