House of Rperesentatives

The House of Representatives on Thursday mandated its Committee on Healthcare Services to investigate the controversies surrounding the State House Clinic.

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, had on Monday complained about the deplorable condition of the clinic and the alleged deductions of salaries and allowances of the clinic’s medical staff.

The resolution of the House followed the passage of a motion moved by Hon. Henry Archibong (PDP-Akwa Ibom) entitled: “Need to Investigate the Deplorable Condition of the State House Clinic and the Alleged Deductions of Salaries and Allowances of the Medical Staff.”

The lawmaker said the State House clinic was established to take care of the health needs of the president, the vice president, their family members and members of staff of the Presidential Villa.

He said, “Further notes that in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Acts, the clinic was allocated the sums of N3.94 billion, N3.87 billion and N3.2 billion respectively, for upgrading and provision of necessary drugs and equipment.

“I observed that despite those huge budgetary allocations, the clinic lacks necessary facilities such as syringes, drugs and equipment needed for saving lives.

“Medical doctors working at the clinic have expressed concern over alleged illegal deductions from their salaries and allowances by the management since April 2017, without any official communication for the action.”

The House unanimously voted in support of the investigation as the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, mandated the committee to report back to the House in three weeks.