President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction and equipping of a 14-bed Presidential Clinic within the State House, Aso Rock, Abuja, at a cost of N21 billion.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani, stated this on Thursday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, to present his office’s 2022 budget proposal for consideration.
He disclosed that construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria, will handle the project, billed to start November 1, 2021 and would be inaugurated on December 31, 2022.
Tijani explained that the Presidential Clinic will cover a total area of 2,700 square metres.
He added that there would be an underground, first floor, two operating theatres, two executive suites, two VIP wards, two isolation wards and a six-bed isolation area in the building.
Included in the project are a laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy, and X-ray facility.
“The project was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration and the brief was processed.
“It was estimated to cost about N21bn and the facility contains 14-bed space with a total area of 2,700 square meters, there will be underground and first floor.
“Most of the preliminary works had been concluded. Mr President has approved the project. We have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement to get a Certificate of No Objection,” Tijani said.
He told the committee that JBN was picked as the contractor because it built the State House and had been maintaining it since 1990.
“JBN has done a great job, and it was considered because of security reasons.”
He said the clinic would also be open to other African countries for medical treatment.
One of the members of the committee, Senator Nicolas Tofowomo, expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of the Permanent Secretary to show the committee any pictorial view of the hospital.
However, some other members of the committee led by the Chairman, Senator Danjuma La’ah, commended the initiative of the Federal Government for constructing and equipping the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic.