Buhari To Build 14-Bed Space Presidential Clinic With N21bn

 President Muhammadu Buhari has given his approval for a N21.9 billion project to build and equip a 14-bed Presidential Clinic. Umar Tijjani, the Permanent Secretary of the State House, revealed this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs to present the establishment's budget request for 2022. He stated that Julius Berger Nigeria (JBN) will build the clinic, and that construction would begin on November 1, 2021, and that it would be completed in December 2022.

The clinic, according to Tijjani, would have 14 beds and a total size of 2,700 square meters, as well as a basement, first floor, two operating theatres, two executive suites, two VIP wards, two isolation wards, and a six-bed isolation section. He further stated that the clinic would have a laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy, and X-ray facilities.

"The initiative was conceived in 2012 by the previous government, and the brief was generated," Tijjani explained. The facility, which has 14 beds and a total area of 2,700 square meters, is anticipated to cost N21.9 billion. There will be an underground level and a first-floor level. “We have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement to receive Certificate of No Objection,” he added, indicating that the majority of the preliminary work has been completed.

JBN was chosen for the assignment, according to the permanent secretary, because they built the State House and have been maintaining it since 1990. He further stated that the firm was taken into consideration for security concerns. The facility, according to Tijjani, will be open to other African heads of state. Senator Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP Ondo South), a member of the committee, expressed concern with the permanent secretary's failure to offer a visual view of the proposed health facility. Other members, including the Chairman, Senator Danjuma La'ah, praised the Federal Government's initiative for the project.

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