Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, says the central has to this point spent N15.8 billion on hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals and medical centres across the country.
Ngige disclosed this while addressing newsmen at a gathering with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) leadership in Abuja on Monday, July 27. The Resident Doctors over the weekend, threatened to travel on another warning start in August if their needs which incorporates payment of their hazard allowance, provision of PPEs et al., aren’t met.
At the meeting which was held to assess the extent of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered by both parties, Ngige said the centralized was committed to the security and welfare of all physicians within the country.
“The federal has to this point spent N15.8 billion naira for hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals, medical centres and a few other non- COVID-19 facilities where doctors have also been treating virus cases.
Government has cleared the April and will special allowances which is not any doubt a giant feat, knowing that this is often for special allowances only, and at a time its earning has fallen wanting the expected earning.
The affected medical personnel also will draw their normal salaries and other allowances,” he said.
Ngige added that the June allowances for the medical practitioners were still outstanding because the budget has been full of another demands that weren’t originally captured like payment for house officers, interns, NYSC doctors and volunteers. He, however, added that government was already liaising with the Presidential Taskforce to delineated payments especially for volunteers.
The Minister also disclosed at the meeting that the govt. has paid all the premium for Group insurance spanning between April 17, 2020, and April 16, 2021 for all federal civil servants except those within the revenue-generating agencies like customs, FIRS and NNPC who could afford their own insurance. He said an agreement has been reached to forward the nominal roll of the Health Ministry workers and its parastatals to the six handling insurance companies latest next week for payments.