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State House Medical Centre received only N1.2bn, not N11bn: Presidency

By News Express on 15/10/2017

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•State House Medical Centre, Abuja
•State House Medical Centre, Abuja

 The State House Medical Centre received a little less than N1.2 billion as appropriation for the period 2015-2017 and not N11.01 billion, the Presidency said on Sunday.

A statement signed by Deputy Director (Information) Attah Esa quoted the Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal A. Arabi, as saying that out of the total Capital Appropriation of N2,941,062,044.00 and Recurrent Appropriation of N465,935,358.00 for the period under reference, only the sum of N969,681,821.53 (representing 32.97%) for Capital and N225,575,200.60 (representing 48.41%) for Recurrent was actually released.

According to the statement, “Arabi also said it may interest the public to know that there was zero capital allocation for the Medical Centre in 2017, while out of the N331,730,211.00 being recurrent appropriation for 2017, the actual amount released up to September was N91,370,053.60 (representing only 27.54%).

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

“He observed that 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 Medical Centre continued to provide free services to the over 10,000 registered patients annually. In addition, the Centre has continued to execute on-going projects.

“Giving further insight into the scope of the Medical 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.

“In the words of the Permanent Secretary, ‘Considering the unrestricted patronage base and free services of the State House Medical Centre, coupled with the funding hiccups and periodic receipts, it may not be far-fetched to notice gaps between demand and supply of medical equipment and consumables at certain stages of the budget circle’.”

 

Source News Express

Posted 15/10/2017 9:24:03 PM

 

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