House of Representatives has decided to establish an Ad-hoc committee to probe the President Goodluck Jonathan government and the current President Muhammadu Buhari administration in connection to N11.1 billion State House Clinic budgets between 2015-2017.
The unanimous decision by the legislators followed the motion, ‘’Need to investigate the deplorable condition of the State House Clinic and the alleged deductions from the salaries and allowances of the medical staff”, moved by Rep. Henry Archibong, PDP, Akwa Ibom.
The Lower House also commended Aisha Buhari, the presidents wife, for calling attention to the issue.
The legislators stated that over the years, the clinic has been collecting annual budgetary allocations to acquire equipment to function optimally.
Archibong mentioned that in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Appropriation Acts, the Clinic was alloted the sums of N3.94 billion, N3.87 billion and N3.2 billion respectively, for upgrading and provision of essential drugs and equipment.
They added that in the space of the 36 months, the 16 teaching hospitals received N1.424 billion; 2016: 3.333 billion and 2017: N1.943 billion collectively.
Archibong complained that despite the enormous budgetary allocations, the Clinic lacks the necessary facilities such as syringes, drugs and equipment needed to save lives.
His words, “This is unacceptable. Less than three years of this government, this amount has been spent. It is unacceptable that the Permanent Secretary and the Minister (Minister of Health) have not resigned.
“It cannot happen in other smaller countries. Is this the change we have been waiting for? This is a question.”
Copyright Naija News 2019. All rights reserved. You may only share Naija News content using our sharing buttons. Send all news and press releases to email@example.com.