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Stop Buhari from medical trips, Senate tells State House officials

The Senate on Thursday told State House officials to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to stop travelling abroad for medical treatment in order to ensure the State House clinic becomes functional this year.

The Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs gave the advice 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 N19.7 billion for 2021, out of which N1.3billion was proposed for the State House Clinic.

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.

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

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