President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction and equipping of a 14-bed space Presidential Clinic at the cost of N21.9 billion.

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Umar Tijjani, told members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental while presenting the 2022 budget proposal for consideration.

He said that Julius Berger Nigeria, JBN, will construct the VIP Clinic and the physical construction will start on November 1, 2021, and the Commissioning will be done on December 31, 2022.

The Perm Sec explained that the Presidential Clinic will contain 14-bed facilities with a total area of 2700 square meters, adding that there will be underground, first floor, two operating theatre, two Executive Suit, two VIP, two Isolation and One six-bed isolation area in the building.

He said that there will be a 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 produced. It was estimated that about N21.9 billion and facility contains 14-bed space with a total area of 2700 square meters, there will be underground and the first floor.

“Most of the preliminary work has been concluded, and we have gone to the Bureau of Public Procurement to get Certificate of No Objection.”

He told the Committee that JBN was picked as the contractor because they built the 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 noted that the Clinic will also be opened to other heads of Africa countries for medical treatment.

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