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State House Medical Centre Recieved Only 33% Capital Allocation-Femi Adeshina

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The Presidency has reacted to reports that the State House Medical Centre had received N11.01billion as appropriation between 2015 and 2017.

The reaction was contained in a Facebook post by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr. Fermi Adeshina on Sunday.

The post reads “The attention of the Presidency has been drawn to recent media reports suggesting that the State House Medical Centre had received N11.01billion as appropriation for the period 2015-2017.

According to the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal A. Arabi, contrary to the above claims, out of the total Capital Appropriation of N2,941,062,044.00 and Recurrent Appropriation of N465,935,358.00 for the period under reference, only the sum of N969,681,821.53 (representing 32.97%) for Capital and N225,575,200.60 (representing 48.41%) for Recurrent was actually released.

Arabi also said it may interest the public to know that there was zero capital allocation for the Medical Centre in 2017, while out of the N331,730,211.00 being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual amount released up to September was N91,370,053.60 (representing only 27.54%).”

The Permanent Secretary emphasised that the above figures are verifiable from the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

He observed that during the three-year period under review (indeed two years since no capital allocation for 2017), and despite the shortfalls between budgetary provisions and actual releases, the Medical Centre continued to provide free services to the over 10,000 registered patients annually. In addition, the Centre has continued to execute on-going projects.

Giving further insight into the scope of the Medical Centre’s clientele, Arabi stressed that apart from the Presidency, other beneficiaries of the free services include political appointees, the military, para-military, other security agencies, members of the National Assembly, and the general public.

In the words of the Permanent Secretary, “Considering the unrestricted patronage base and free services of the State House Medical Centre, coupled with the funding hiccups and periodic receipts, it may not be far-fetched to notice gaps between demand and supply of medical equipment and consumables at certain stages of the budget circle.”

It will be recalled, that the Wife of the President Hajia Aisha Buhari on Tuesday, had berated the management of the Clinic for their lack of adequate facilities for the treatment of patients despite the huge amount of allocation the Clinic receives.

Consequently,  she called for the probe of the financial expenditures of the Clinic to ascertain the reason behind what she termed the deplorable condition of a health facility that is expected to cater to the President, Vice-President,  their families and other members of the Executive.

 

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