Reps to probe poor condition of State House Clinic

House of Reps
House of Reps

The House of Representatives has asked an ad-hoc committee to investigate the condition of the State House Clinic, Abuja, and alleged irregular deductions from the salaries and allowances of the staff.

This house set up the committee after adopting a motion raised by Henry Archibong (PDP-Akwa Ibom) at the plenary on Thursday.

Mr. Archibong alleged that despite huge budgetary allocations, the clinic lacks necessary facilities, drugs and even such as syringes.

He was echoing a complaint earlier made on Monday by the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, who criticised the management of the facility.

Aisha Buhari [Photo: naij.com]
Aisha Buhari [Photo: naij.com]

“In the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Acts, the Clinic was allocated the sum of ₦3.94 billion, ₦3.87 billion and ₦3.2 billion respectively, for upgrading and provision of necessary drugs and equipment,” Mr. Archibong said.

He also alleged that medical doctors working at the Clinic were complaining over alleged illegal deductions from their salaries and allowances by the Management since April 2017, without any official explanation.

Mrs. Buhari, at a stakeholder’s meeting at the State House on Reproductive, Maternal, Nutrition, Child Advocacy and Health and Nutrition (RMNCAHN), said she was unable to access health care at the Clinic and had to go to a private facility run by foreigners.

“I called the Aso Clinic to find out if they have an X-Ray machine, they said it’s not working”

“In the end I had to go to a hospital owned and operated by foreigners 100 per cent”

“There is a budget for the Hospital and if you go there now, you will see a number of constructions going on but they don’t have a single syringe there.”

“What is the purpose of the buildings if there are no equipment there to work with?”

“You can imagine what happens across the states to governors wives if this will happen to me in Abuja,” she said.

Mrs. Buhari’s comments also came a few days after her daughter, Zahra, took to her Instagram page to accuse the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalal Arabi, of allegedly failing to provide even Paracetamol tablets at the clinic despite a budget of N3 billion for provision of drugs at the hospital.


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  • monnie uwa

    This can only happen in a zoo state called country, big for nothing. If this is happening at the seat of power what will happen at the village clinic. No water, light, health care, education, road and even all the looters are sick and will dead from the prayers of the people. All the white papers have anything come out of them. s h a m e. The blind leading the blind

  • DAVID DOGO

    How about other Government Hospitals? Height of hypocrisy!!!

  • Mammah

    How would attention be paid to the Aso Rock clinic when Buhari himself chose to go to UK for treatment? When he failed to provide relevant/necessary facility but rather chose to go to where responsible government is at work, thereby making life meaningful, to recieve treatment. If Aisha is ashamed, she shouldn’t have come out to say all that rubbish. Till date, nobody is saying anything on money spent to treat PMB in UK. Was it from his purse or government purse? Bunch of failures, hypocrites.

  • Bassey Frank

    Little wonder many Nigerians do not take you serious. Is Aso Rock Clinic a priority in Nigerians shop-list of challenges? If the chief landlord is comfortable about it, why not allow things be? If he is fighting corruption against opposition and critics, while he inhales corruption under his nose, is that not an indication that he is mere vindictive? If a PDP member had made the revelation, Garba Shehu and Femi Adesina would have tagged them, ELECTION LOSERS. Would Rep have bothered to get involved in the rot?