There have been reports that the State House Medical Clinic got 11.01 billion naira as appropriation for the period between 2015 and 2017.

This follows allegations that there are no essential consumables including syringes.

But the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi has refuted the report. He says the State House got only 1.9 billion naira within the last 3 years.

According to him, of the total capital appropriation of 2.9 billion naira and recurrent appropriation of 465.9 million naira for the period under reference, only the sum of 969.6 million naira (representing 32.97%) for Capital and 225.5 million naira (representing 48.41%) for recurrent were actually released.

He also revealed that there was zero capital allocation for the Medical Centre in 2017, while out of the 331.7 million naira being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual amount released up to September was 91.3 million naira, representing 27.5%.

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The Permanent Secretary emphasised that the above figures were verifiable from the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“During the three-year period under review (indeed two years since no capital allocation for 2017), and despite the shortfalls between budgetary provisions and actual releases, the Centre continued to provide free services to the over 10,000 registered patients annually,” Arabi started.

He said that the Centre had also continued to execute on-going projects.

Giving further insight into the scope of the Centre’s clientele, Arabi stressed that apart from the Presidency, other beneficiaries of the free services include political appointees, the military, para-military, other security agencies, members of the National Assembly, and the general public.

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