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‘Stop Buhari from medical trips’, Senate tells State House officials

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Senate has asked State House officials to disallow President Muhammadu Buhari from embarking on 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 gave the warning on Thursday when State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.

The State House official had presented a budget of N19.7bnfor 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the State House Clinic.

Reacting to the proposal, Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, 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, PUNCH reported.

Meanwhile, Umar in an interview with journalists after defending his budget promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet to 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. It (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.

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