Just in: Stop Buhari from medical trips, Senate tells State House officials

The Senate on Thursday urged State House officials to stop President Muhammadu Buhari for seeking medical treatment in foreign lands in order to boost the functionality of the State House clinic this year.

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs issued the statement when the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.

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

Reacting to the proposal, the Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Danjuma La’ah, said the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic but insisted that the President and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment.

The Permanent Secretary in an interview with journalists after defending his budget promised to put necessary arrangements in place to meet to medical needs of the President and other top officials once the budget was approved.

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