President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N21bn for the construction and equipping of a 14-bed presidential clinic.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani made this known on Thursday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, to present his 2022 budget proposal for consideration.
He explained that the construction firm, Messrs Julius Berger Nigeria, drew the plan of the VIP clinic, adding that the physical construction would start on November 1, 2021 and would be inaugurated on December 31, 2022.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the clinic would 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.
He further explained that there would be laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy, and X-ray facility in the clinic.
He said, “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.”
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, adding that 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 Federal Government for constructing and equipping of the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic.