- Senate has mandated Tijani Umar to ensure that the State House clinic is well equipped
- Umar, who is the State House permanent secretary, was issued this directive during his budget defence on Thursday
- Senate committee on inter-governmental affairs said the clinic must be equipped so that President Muhammadu Buhari will not need medical trips
Tijani Umar, State House permanent secretary, has been told by the Senate to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari does not make medical trips.
Giving this directive is the Senate committee on federal character and intergovernmental affairs during a meeting where Umar appeared to defend his 2021 budget estimates, The Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Umar presented a budget of N19.7 billion for 2021, out of which N1.3 billion was proposed for the State House hospital.
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Assenting the budget, chairman of the committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah, jokingly urged the State House official to ensure that the clinic functions so that Buhari will not need to travel out before getting proper medical attention.
Umar, who later answered questions from journalists, promised to ensure that necessary arrangements are made to meet the medical needs of the president and his family.
In 2017, Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, called for the probe of Aso Rock clinic over what she described as the inefficiency of the management of the clinic.
Speaking at a stakeholder meeting on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition, (RMNCAH+N), at the State House, Abuja, Aisha said she fell ill and was advised to travel to London for treatment, but she refused.
“I called the Aso clinic to find out if they have an X-Ray machine, they said it’s not working. In the end I had to go to a hospital owned and operated by foreigners 100 per cent. There is a budget for the hospital and if you go there now, you will see a number of constructions going on but they don’t have a single syringe there."
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