Members of the Senate Federal Character Committee have requested State House officials to prohibit President Buhari from making any more medical trips abroad in order to ensure that this year’s State House clinic can become operational.
The Committee issued the alert when the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend the statehouse’s 2021 budget estimates.
A budget of N19.7bn was presented by Umar for 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the State House Clinic.
In response to the proposal, the Senate panel chairman, Senator Danjuma La’ah, said the committee would support the State House Clinic budget, but insisted that his government’s president and other top officials could no longer be flown abroad for medical care.
Umar told newsmen after the budget defense that the statehouse will work to ensure that the statehouse clinic is functional to meet President Buhari’s and other top government officials’ medical needs.
Since he assumed office in 2015, President Buhari has made quite a lot of international medical trips.