President Muhammadu Buhari is to develop and prepare a 14-bed Presidential Clinic at the amount of N21 billion, the permanent secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani, has said.
He revealed this yesterday to individuals from the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs during the introduction of the 2022 spending plan in Abuja.
He said that Julius Berger Nigeria (JBN) will develop the VIP Clinic and the actual development will begin on November 1, 2021, adding that the undertaking is relied upon to be finished and commissioned on December 31, 2022.
The permanent secretary clarified that the Presidential Clinic will contain 14-bed offices with a complete space of 2700 square meters adding that there will be an underground, first floor, two number working theater, two Executive Suites, 2 VIP suites, 2 Isolation communities and another six bed confinement region in the structure.
He said that there would be a laboratory, healing garden, Pharmacy and X-ray facility in the clinic.
Tijjani said, “The project was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration and the brief was produced. It was estimated to cost about N21 billion and the facility contains 14 bed spaces with a total area of 2700 square meters, there will be underground and first floor. “Two number Operating Theatre, two number Executive Suit, 2 VIP, 2 Isolation and One number of six bed isolation area.
“Most of the preliminary work has been concluded, Mr President has approved the project. We have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement to get a certificate of no objection,” Tijjani said.
He told the committee that JBN was picked as the contractor because they built State House and have been maintaining it since 1990 and JBN has done a great Job, adding that JBN was considered because of security reasons.
He said the clinic would also be opened to other African countries for medical treatment.
But, one of the members of the committee, Senator Nicolas Tofowomo expressed dissatisfaction with the failure of the permanent secretary to show the committee a pictorial view of the hospital.
However, some members of the committee led by the chairman, Danjuma La’ah, commended the initiative of the federal government.