The Buhari administration has approved a budget of N21 billion for a 14-bed presidential clinic.


The Buhari administration has approved a budget of N21 billion for a 14-bed presidential clinic.

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President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the construction and outfitting of a 14-bed Presidential Clinic at a cost of N21 billion, according to the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Umar Tijjani.

According to PUNCH, Tijani said this when he presented his 2022 budget plan to the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs for consideration.

He explained that the VIP clinic was built by Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria, a construction company.

He stated that actual construction will begin on November 1, 2021, and the building would be completed on December 31, 2022.

The Presidential Clinic, according to the Permanent Secretary, would have 14 beds and a total size of 2,700 square meters.

The building will have a basement level, a first floor, two operating theatres, two executive suites, two VIP wards, two isolation wards, and a six-bed isolation section, according to him.

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

“The initiative was conceived by the previous government in 2012, and the brief was processed,” he said. It is expected to cost over N21 billion, and the facility would have 14 beds and 2,700 square meters of space, with an underground and first floor. The majority of the preparatory work had been completed. Mr. President has given his approval to the project. We went to the Bureau of Public Procurement to receive a No Objection Certificate."

JBN was chosen as the contractor because it built the State House and had been maintaining it since 1990, he told the committee.

He added that the center would provide medical treatment to people from other African countries.

Senator Nicolas Tofowomo, one of the committee's members, voiced dissatisfaction with the Permanent Secretary's failure to present the committee a visual view of the hospital.

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