Abuja - The Presidency has clarified why it allocated N3.219billion for upgrade of equipment and facilities at the State House Clinic.
It said the N3.219 billion proposed for the clinic was meant for the completion of on-going projects as well as procurement of drugs and other medical equipment.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, on Tuesday successfully defended the 2016 State House budget proposal of N18.1 billion before the National Assembly.
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Addressing members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Special Duties in Abuja on Tuesday, Arabi disclosed that N3.2 billion of the budget was earmarked for the upgrade of State House Clinic to Centre of Excellence.
Arabi stated that N3.9billion of the budget was earmarked for the routine maintenance of the State House, while 394million would be spent on rehabilitation of dilapidated structures being occupied by security personnel.
He said that N1.79billion would be spent on replacement and rehabilitation of mechanical and electrical cables and other accessories in the State House, saying that these installations had been in place since the construction of the villa complex in 1992.
- News 24