The House of Representatives ad-hoc committee headed by Hon. Magaji Aliyu investigating the rots at the Presidential Clinic Abuja has ordered the Ministry of Health and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to provide a detailed account of the State House Clinic.
The House members reiterated the importance of the State House Clinic as the first point of call for the president in case of emergency.
The members expressed concern over the disclosure in the report presented by the State House Permanent Secretary Jalal Arabi that out of 329 personnel working in the State House Clinic, 47 non-core medical personnel for several years illegally collected call-duty allowances.
According to him, some doctors sponsored by the State House on Residency Programmes (usually 2 years), got their call duty allowances paid â€œeven though they are no longer performing call duties at the Medical Centre.â€
He further stated: â€œSadly, some of them were discovered to have spent close to 7 years doing a residency, with many changing institutions, as they fail to qualify. In view of the fact that paying doctors on sponsored Training programmed call duty allowance was considered unearned allowances.
â€œIPPIS (OAGF) was advised to cease paying them such allowances pending their return to duty from training. This has, however, become controversial and we are reviewing with the assistance of the Federal Ministry of Health who are guiding us appropriately,â€ Arabi said.
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