As contained in the 2022 national budget, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has begun building the Presidential (VIP) Wing of the State House Clinic in Abuja which is worth N21.9 billion.
The presidency, through Buhari's chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, during the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, November 1, made some crucial comments on the facility.
Gambari in a statement seen by Nigerian Tribune noted that this is an essential and state-of-the-art facility that will be remembered by posterity.
He listed those whom the clinic is meant for as follows:
- The president
- Members of the president's family
- Distinguished senior government officials
- Dignitaries (such as foreign heads of states, envoys)
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“This is an essential facility because we have to have the best facility for the President, the first family, and other very distinguished senior officials of government.
“It is also a facility that, when finished, will be at the disposal of visiting dignitaries who may require medical assistance during their visit.
“Nobody will remember much what we say but generations to come will remember what is done, which is to begin the process of constructing what will be first-class, state-of-the-art facility which will be best and appropriate for the leadership of this country.”
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The permanent secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani, made the announcement while presenting the 2022 budget proposal for consideration.
Tijjani, speaking to members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental noted that the facility would be constructed by Julius Berger Nigeria (JBN).
According to him, the construction of the presidential clinic will begin on November 1, while the facility was expected to be commissioned on December 31, 2022.
The permanent secretary explained that the project which was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration will contain 14-beds, a laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy, and x-ray facility.