In a bid to ensure that the State House clinic becomes functional this year, the Senate, on Thursday, November 5, warned State House officials to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from embarking on foreign trips for medical treatment.
The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs issued the warning on Thursday when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.
The State House Permanent Secretary had presented a budget of #19.7bn for 2021, out of which #1.3bn was proposed for the State House Clinic.
However, the Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, urged the State House officials to put the clinic in order. He assured that 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 spoke with journalists after he defended the budget. He promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet the medical needs of President Muhammadu Buhari and other top officials once the budget was approved.