Buhari approves N21bn for 14-bed presidential clinic

Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has approved the construction and equipping of a N21bn Presidential Clinic, according to State House Permanent Secretary Umar Tijjani, who spoke on Thursday.

At the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, Tijani asserted this when he presented his budget plan for 2022.

He added that the VIP clinic was built by a construction company called Julius Berger Nigeria.

Construction would begin on November 1 and be completed by December 31 of the following year, according to him.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the Presidential Clinic would have 14 beds and a floor area of 2,700 square meters.

As a result, the facility will have an underground level, a first floor with two operating rooms, two executive suites and six isolation rooms.

He went on to say that the clinic would have a lab, healing garden, pharmacy, and X-ray facilities.

He said,

The project was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration and the brief was processed.

“It was estimated to cost about N21bn and the facility contains 14-bed space with a total area of 2, 700 square meters, there will be underground and first floor.

“Most of the preliminary works had been concluded. Mr President has approved the project. We have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement to get a Certificate of No Objection.”

He told the committee that JBN was picked as the contractor because it built the State House and had been maintaining it since 1990.

JBN has done a great job, and it was considered because of security reasons.”

He stated that the clinic’s medical services would be available to people from other African countries as well.

Senator Nicolas Tofowomo, a member of the committee, voiced his disappointment that the Permanent Secretary had failed to provide the committee with any visual representation of the hospital.

Senator Danjuma La’ah, Chairman of the Committee, and some of the other members praised the Federal Government’s initiative to build and equip a Presidential Wing at the State House Clinic.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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