President Buhari has approved the construction and equipping of a 14-bed space Presidential Clinic at a cost of N21 billion.
The Permanent Secretary State House, Mr. Umar Tijjani disclosed this to members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character on Thursday, October 28, while presenting a N40 billion budget proposal for the statehouse.
He explained that the Presidential Clinic was conceived in 2012 by the previous administration; and will be open to people from other African countries for medical treatment.
The clinic will have a laboratory, healing garden, pharmacy, and x-ray facility, as well as an operating theatre, executive suite, and isolation areas.
He further said most of the preliminary work has been concluded; and a Certificate of No Objection has been sought from the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has continued his visit to Saudi Arabia with a brief stopover at Madinah where he engaged in prayers; alongside his entourage for peace and security in Nigeria as well as the world at large, according to the Presidency.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, October 27; by the Senior Special Assistant to the Presidency on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu said the President was earlier received at the Prince Muhammad Abdulaziz Airport, Madinah by the Deputy Governor of the Region, Prince Sa’ud Al-Faisal.
The Presidency aide also added that the President “spent quality time at the Mosque of the Holy Prophet Muhammed, Islam’s second holiest; engaging in prayers and recitation of the Holy Qur’an.”
“President Buhari and the delegation prayed for the well-being of the nation; and its people and for the full restoration of peace and security in Nigerian; and around the globe. Prayers for the economy, ravaged by the pandemic to fully recover for the benefit of the nation; and its people were also offered,” he added.
The President will later proceed to Makkah for the performance of the Umrah (lesser Hajj).