Senate orders State House officials to ‘stop Buhari from medical trips’


The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs on Thursday ordered State House officials to restrict President Muhammadu Buhari from going abroad for medical treatment in order to make the State House clinic more operative.

The Senate gave this warning when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.

State House official had earlier presented a budget of N19.7bn for 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the running of State House Clinic.

Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, while speaking on the proposed budget said the committee would uphold the budget for the State House Clinic but argued that the President and other top officials of his government should stay in the State House Clinic for medical treatment.

Speaking with journalists, the Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet the medical needs of the President and other top officials as soon as the budget was approved.


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