Senate asks Buhari to stop foreign medical trips [update]

The Senate has, on Thursday, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from embarking on foreign medical trips.

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, made the call during the 2021 budget defence by the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Mr. Tijani Umar before the panel.

Mr. Umar had presented a total budget proposal of N19.7 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

The bubble, however, burst when it was discovered that out of the budgeted sum, N1.3 billion was earmarked for the State House Clinic.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah wondered what the money was meant for if President Buhari does not use the facility but rather flies abroad for treatment.

The red chamber, to that effect, urged State House officials to stop Mr. President from embarking on foreign trips.

The lawmakers asked the president to ensure that the State House clinic becomes fully functional this year instead of taking medicals abroad.

Senator La’ah, meanwhile, said the panel would approve the budget for the State House Clinic but that the President and other top government officials should no longer be flown abroad for medical treatment.

On his part, Umar assured that the State House administration would put necessary arrangements in place to meet the medical needs of the President and other officials if the budget was approved.

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