NO MORE FOREIGN MEDICAL TRIPS FOR BUHARI, SENATE WARNS STATE HOUSE OFFICIALS

Written by on November 6, 2020

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS GOING ABROAD FOR TREATMENT WOULD NOW HAVE TO FUND SUCH VENTURES FROM THEIR OWN POCKETS.

THIS IS THE CURRENT POSITION OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE.

THE SENATE, WARNED STATE HOUSE OFFICIALS AGAINST PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI EMBARKING ON FOREIGN TRIPS FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION.

IT SAID RATHER THAN ALLOW PRESIDENT BUHARI TO JET OUT TO SEEK TREATMENT ABROAD, THE GOVERNMENT AND STATE HOUSE OFFICIALS SHOULD PUT THE STATE HOUSE CLINIC IN ORDER FOR SUCH PURPOSES.

THE PRESIDENT’S FREQUENT TREATMENT ABROAD HAS GENERATED SO MUCH CONTROVERSY IN THE POLITY EACH TIME HE JETTED OUT FOR MEDICAL ATTENTION.

THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FEDERAL CHARACTER AND INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS, LED BY SENATOR DANJUMA LA’AH OF THE (PDP, KADUNA SOUTH), GAVE THE WARNING WHEN THE STATE HOUSE PERMANENT SECRETARY,  TIJJANI UMAR, APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE TO DEFEND HIS 2021 BUDGET ESTIMATES.

EFFORTS MADE TO GET THE PRESIDENCY’S REACTION PROVED ABORTIVE, AS THE MEDIA OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT KEPT SEALED LIPS ON THE MATTER.

A HIGHLY PLACED OFFICIAL OF THE PRESIDENT, WHO SOKE BEHIND CAMERA, SIMPLY REPLIED “THANKS” TO THE SMS MESSAGE SENT TO HIS GSM FOR HIS REACTION TO THE SENATE’S POSITION.

BUT THE NIGERIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, NMA, DESCRIBED THE ISSUE AS A POLITICAL STATEMENT, SAYING THOUGH THE SENATE DIRECTIVE WAS DESIRABLE, IT WAS YET TO BE SEEN HOW IT WOULD BE ENFORCED SINCE NOTHING WAS YET ON GROUND TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.

 


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