Buhari Takes Drastic Decision In Aso Rock, As Shocking New Revelations Emerge, Today

By Post-Nigeria: April 1, 2019 20:20

Buhari Takes Drastic Decision In Aso Rock, As Shocking New Revelations Emerge, Today

President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that the State House Medical Centre, be reverted to a Clinic to serve the “original purpose” of its establishment.

According to a Senior Presidential Official, the original purpose of the facility was to serve only the families of the President, Vice President, and staff of the State House.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, announced this on Monday, in Abuja, when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, for the 2019 budget defence.

The Permanent Secretary, disclosed that ‘‘without prejudice to what is currently obtainable at SHMC, the intention to revert to a Clinic, is a Presidential directive. This is to make sure that the facility is functional, and serves the purpose for which it was established, ab initio.’’

Later, Arabi explained to Journalists, after the budget defence, that the reversal of the Centre to a Clinic, was a case of ‘‘cutting one’s coat according to your cloth’’.

‘‘It was initially meant to serve the first and second families, and those working within and around the Villa.

‘‘The overstretching of facilities at the Medical Centre by patients, is some of the challenges the Centre has been going through. It was not meant for that purpose.

‘‘Nobody was charging anyone for any services, and relying on appropriation means we will depend on subvention when it comes to run the Centre.

‘‘Whatever comes is what you utilise, and if the last patient comes in to take the last drugs based on the last budgetary release, that is it, and we have to wait till another release is done.

‘‘But this new development means that services will be streamlined to a Clinic that will serve those that it was meant to serve when it was conceived’’, the Permanent Secretary said.

Recall, that the State House Clinic was in the news in 2017, over allegations of mismanagement and lack of essential drugs and facilities.

Buhari’s wife, Aisha, at the time, accused the Hospital management of not taking care of the facility, in spite all the allocations to the Hospital.

On Monday, the Centre was a focal point during the two-hour presentation and budget defence by the Permanent Secretary, before the Senate Committee.

Arabi disclosed that the Centre had a total budget of N1.03 billion, in the 2018 Appropriation Bill, with N698 million as capital expenditure, and N331.7 million as overhead cost.

The total overhead expenditure released for the Centre, from January to December 2018, is N331.7 million, representing 99.9 percent, while the capital releases on projects is N231.9 million, representing 33.2 percent.

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