The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijanni Umar has on Tuesday disclosed that the Federal Government has so far released N10.06 billion for the construction of the Presidential Wing of the State House Clinic, Aso Villa.
Umar made this known in Abuja while giving an overview of the financial status of the project, scheduled to be completed in December.
In an oversight inspection of the project by the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, he said the N416.6 million budgeted for the project in 2020 and N1.06 billion in 2021, have already been paid in full.
He added that out of N20.8 billion budgeted for the project in 2022, N8.5 billion was already paid.
Mr. Umar recalled that President Buhari had granted approval to engage Messiers Julius Berger Plc to review and develop the concept design and proceed with the construction of the project as a turnkey contract.
Peoples Gazette quoted him as saying, “Accordingly, on July 29, 2021, the company was instructed to proceed with the review of the concept design and other site works simultaneously, based on which a roadmap/timeline for the construction of the facility was developed.
“In furtherance to this, the site was handed over to M/s JBN on 23rd August, 2021 which proceeded to undertake a necessary and extensive site survey and other ancillary works paving the way for the groundbreaking and foundation laying that was performed by the Chief of Staff to the President on November 1, 2021.
“It is instructive to note that the schedule of payment plan which is linked with the work plan that was negotiated with the company is in line with the advice of the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning outlining milestones at which the client is expected to effect regular periodic payment for work done,” he said.
According to him, this is in order to sustain the momentum of work and to deliver/commission the project by December 31. He, however, noted that this was yet to be fully aligned.