A member, representing Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency of Enugu State in Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon. Dennis Amadi has hinted that the House will streamline the controversial N3.8bn allocated to State House clinic by President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2016 budget proposal, which he submitted to the National Assembly.
Amadi, who is a House member on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), spoke in Abuja.
The allocation sparked outrage among Nigerians, who queried why the clinic, which caters primarily to the medical needs of the First family, the vice president’s and staff of the Presidency among others, should surpass the amount allocated to all the 17 federal teaching hospitals combined, nationwide.
In its defense, the Presidency said the total budget for teaching hospitals was more than 50 per cent of the N200 billion allocated to health institutions in the 2016 budget proposal, adding that the State House Clinic serves not just the president and staff of the presidency, but government officials and others.
However, Amadi said there was nothing to worry about as the two chambers of the National Assembly will critically go through all the sectoral allocations and ensure that resources were allocated to Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs that need it most for the interest of the Nigerian people.
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