2016 Budget: Buhari to spend more on State House Clinic than on all federal teaching hospitals

The Nigerian government is proposing to spend more on capital projects at the State House Medical Centre this year than it would provide for the 16 teaching hospitals belonging to it.

If the proposed budget is approved as presented to federal lawmakers, the State House Clinic will get N787million more in capital allocation than all the 16 teaching hospitals combined.

The State House Medical Centre is a facility that provides healthcare for President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, their families and other employees of the Presidency, all possibly less than a thousand.

Federal teaching hospitals cater for the heath needs of millions of Nigerians, train medical doctors and other health professionals for the nation while also serving as top medical research centres.

A breakdown of the 2016 Appropriation Bill shows that a total of N3.87billion has been allocated for capital projects at the State House Clinic.

In contrast, the country’s 16 federal government-owned teaching hospitals individually only got a fraction of the allocation made for the presidential clinic.

According to the proposed budget, N212,539,245 has been allocated for capital projects at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital in Lagos, one of the country’s most populous states, while the capital allocation for the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Kaduna, is N230,904,795.

Similarly, the capital allocation for the University College Hospital, Ibadan, is N230,904,795; University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu (N218,335,908); University of Benin Teaching Hospital (N212,886,502); Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile Ife (N162,622,221); University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (N166,802,164); University of Jos Teaching Hospital (N228,717,880); and University of Port Harcourt (N169,498,392).

The capital allocation for other hospitals are: University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (N201,082,446); University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (N215,151,873); Usman Dan Fodio University Teaching hospital, Sokoto (N279,000,000); Aminu Kano University Teaching Hospital (N210,380,376); Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi (N166,188,931); University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (N198,715,702); and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (N229,005,992).

Health industry experts consider the annual huge capital allocation to the State House Medical Centre as “outrageous and baffling”.

“It is unbelievable to see that Buhari is continuing in the tradition of pampering the State House Clinic every year with outrageous capital allocations while teaching hospitals that cater for several millions of people are allowed to rot,” an official at the National Hospital, Abuja, told PREMIUM TIMES. He requested not to be named for fear he might be victimised by the administration.

 

By virtue of the huge allocation to the State House Medical Centre President Buhari, Vice President Osinbajo, their families and their staff at Aso Rock are assured of state-of-the-art medical care.

However, millions of Nigerians, many of them poor voters, who bought into the president’s message of change, are to continue to make do with decrepit facilities in under-funded teaching hospitals and other government-owned health facilities across the country.

Checks by PREMIUM TIMES indicates that this year’s huge budgetary allocation for the State House Medical Centre is a continuation of what appears a tradition of over-equipping the clinic at the detriment of other health facilities in the country.

A 2009 report by the rested NEXT newspaper revealed that the State House clinic had 17 ambulances, the highest by any hospital in the country at the time.

According to the report, in 2008, 10 new state-of-the-art ambulances were brought from North Carolina in the United States, parked inside the presidential villa and left unused.

At the time the ambulances were left to rot away in Aso Rock, the National Hospital, Abuja, believed to be one of the topmost hospitals in the country, had only nine ambulances while the General Hospital in Nyanya, a decaying facility on the outskirts of Abuja, that served more than 300,000 people, had just a jalopy 504 Station Wagon (CT 89-A10) as its only ambulance.

Last November, a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that there were only two functional radiotherapy machines, an essential equipment for the treatment of cancer, in the country, one of which belonged to a private hospital.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer annually, and about 80,000 die from the disease yearly.

The decrepit state of health facilities in the country, apart from the consequent losses of lives, has also caused huge economic loss to the country. Nigerians who can afford it spend billions of naira annually in the United States, Europe, India and other places in search of better healthcare.

Adewunmi Alayaki, Secretary General of the Nigerian Medical Association, said government should consider redistributing the allocation so that health facilities used by ordinary Nigerians can get better financial allocation.

“The lopsidedness in the distribution of allocations is keyed towards the State House health needs and the rest of the country are now sharing less funds than what is allocated to one health facility,” Mr. Alayaki told PREMIUM TIMES via telephone.

“I think government should look into that and correct it. Ordinary Nigerians do not have access to that facility (State House Medical Centre) so they should redistribute and invest more in areas where ordinary Nigerians have access to.”

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, could not be reached to comment for this story. He is said to be on his way to France with President Buhari.

The Minister of State in the ministry, Zainab Ahmed, could also not be reached. Multiple calls to her telephone failed to connect.


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  • terry

    haha. so the health of 180 million nigierians is now worthless in the eye of buhari. this is the real chanji!

    • igboham

      Yes and you can blame Jonathan for that.

  • Justice

    Jonathan again…

  • skyfortunes

    APC change indeed

  • ravenfin

    I agree that the amount of money meant for State House Clinic is outrageous compared to the amount budgeted for all the teaching hospitals.. Now what about the budget for the Ministry if Health which also covers capital projects for the Teaching Hospitals as well.. shouldn’t that count in the figures? that being said… i think there is quite some tweaking needed for this BUDGET..

  • grandpa

    I’ve been in shock since I read below on Monday. Hardly therefore will this president, whom I hoped would give us some relief from Jonathan’s inanities, surprise me!

    According to Punch, http://www(dot)punchng(dot)com/anti-corruption-war-judiciary-my-main-headache-says-buhari/, Buhari said Niger Deltans don’t own the oil under their land.

    “He identified the slump in the international oil market price and oil theft in the Niger Delta as main reasons for projecting more revenues to fund the budget from the non-oil sector.

    “The President said those of them, who participated in the nation’s 30-month civil war that left millions of Nigerians dead, found the belief of Nigerians, who lived in oil-rich areas that the natural resources belonged to them, very irritating.

    “’The theft of oil by some Nigerians that happen to live there, who feel that the oil belongs to them and not the country, is an irritating thing for those of us, who participated in the civil war for 30 months in which at least two million Nigerians were killed’,” Buhari stressed.

    So if Niger Delta people can’t own their resources because they merely happened to live there, what right has Nigeria, not Ghana or Cameroun, got to lay claim to the same resource?

    • igboham

      Britain did not put Ghana inside nigeria like they put Hausa/Fulani in Nigeria.

  • AbujaKenneth

    I know there will be low response because the propagandist have been hit below the belt. Change their foot

  • Otile

    The President is right in this one. Treating our lawmakers abroad costs 20 times more than whatever the President is proposing to do. This is a move in the right direction. People should see reason and support the President in this project. This will save us money in the long run, perhaps other African officials will come to benefit from it too. This is a legacy in the making.

    • super hero

      Seriously??

  • DanielOsazuwa

    The President seem to be having ostrich mentality. His promise change is becoming a night mare to his die-hard supporters not neccessary APC members. His decision to retain the crop of looters appointed by Jonathan in his government might be the great undoing of his government. Even in the US where we copied this “demonstration of crazy”, all appointees of the previous government usually depart with that government. It’s the global norm.

    This budget proposal was smuggled into the budget by Jonathan appointee still “in PMB government”. How sad!

    There is no explanation for this glaring fraud. The National Assembly must therefore redistribute this unwholesome allocation or not approve it at all. It’s even more worrisome, when it has just be reported that the President is going for medical check up after his EU Parliament address.

  • B Messi

    “In the 2015 budget, which gave N150million capital vote to the hospital, the equipment to be procured and the projects for execution were CLEARLY SPELT OUT. So also were the amounts to be spent on each equipment and project.
    BUT THIS YEAR, the presidency FAILED TO INDICATE how it plans to spend the about N4billion it proposes to spend on capital projects at the hospital. It is a ONE-LINE ITEM in the budget, and there is NO BREAKDOWN of what equipment would be procured and what project would be executed.”
    ‘FAILED TO INDICATE…and NO BREAKDOWN’??
    HAHAHAHAAHA!!!!!!
    YET THESE CHARLATANS TOLD NIGERIANS THEY WERE ADOPTIND ‘ZERO BUDGETING’ WHERE AMOUNTS WOULD BE TIED TO SPECIFICS…AND THEIR BRAINWASHED E-ZOMBIES WERE SINGING HOSSANA IN THE HIGHEST!!
    HAHAHAHHHAHHAHHAHA!!!
    i pity those clowns; wahala, tundemess (tunsj, julius etc), okrika salesman kay soyemi, rommel,etc!!
    substitute buharis name with jonathans in the article above and you will see them foaming in the mouth and producing over a thusand comments! but they will not dare surface here since it is a TABOO to diusagree with their ‘god’.
    at best, they will spend hours restrategising..then crawl out and turn this into a buhari Vs jonathan debate!
    psycho’s!!
    hahahhhaah!!! i dey laff oooo!!

    • Romberg

      You can’t be right. I’d wish these guys are alive to state their perspectives. But as you stated, it is actually good for them to continue to burry their shameless faces in absolution.

  • Romberg

    I can’t believe this. No, it can’t be. It’s an error of numbers, Buhari is too decent to do this. Or perhaps we can’t rule out the PDP factor. You know, they stole everything. Even the state house clinic was looted. Dasuk stole everything including Panadol and beds and the blocks…. It’s a shame. But the president needs a hospital. We have to change everything, you know. No, this draft excuse is not good enough. I will try another one.

    Yes! we are in a world of change. We now have to stock our State hospital with quality resources…. No this is also not good.

    Ok there another one: it’s good for our nation to have a befitting state clinic. We have a lot of world leaders visiting us. When they come we should be able to take care of them. Mugabe is planning to visit. President Mubarak also said he will come for Imra here… We are lucky in Nigeria that these African epitomes are visiting us. So the project will showcase Nigeria as a global power in healthcare. No, we need a better excuse. Yeah I have got another one.

    No fuss, this is just a budget proposal. The National Assembly will do its job….

    I don’t know why I am so poor with these ideas. I am not yet as good as chief lie. I know he will put one and two together and issue and horrendous statement shortly. Stay tuned!

    • New Nigerian

      The title is wrong…the writer fails second grade math, is very poor in the understanding of English language …or he is just plain mischievous…replace “on all” in the caption with “any” and he would be correct. And even at that what is the basis of the comparison and how about all that have been spent previously…in these teaching hospitals…context matters

      • igboham

        Nigerians will always find a way to defend anything.

  • Messi Heist

    no big deal.
    we will just go and re-steal the stolen budget…

    • Romberg

      Stealing is not corruption, is it? Well if you steal budget and not money, that is no crime, is it?

  • New Nigerian

    The title is wrong…the writer fails second grade math, is very poor in the understanding of English language …or he is just plain mischievous…replace “on all” in the caption with “any” and he would be correct. And even at that what is the basis of the comparison and how about all that have been spent previously…in these teaching hospitals…context matters.

    Read the story and add up all that is budgted for all teaching hospitals…I stopped adding it up after only the top 4 (as the total exceed the budget for the state house clinic at that point)…and that is the evidence for my assertion.

  • igboham

    Sai Buhari – Your Lordship, the giver and taker of life in Nigeria. What day of the week has been set aside to worship you?

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    Even if the math is wrong, the fact that the State House clinic is getting far more money than the teaching hospitals each should outrage people to start with. We seem to be highly tolerant of corruption thus we have this crisis today in Nigeria.