FG Offers N47bn As Hazard Allowance To Resident Doctors

FG Offers N47bn As Hazard Allowance To Resident Doctors

The Federal Government of Nigeria has offered the sum of N47 billion to the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD). Jamb Results

This information was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the executives of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) at his office in Abuja.

The minister revealed that the federal government had increased the aggregate money in the 2022 budget for hazard allowance from N40 billion to N47 billion annually adding that the federal government was not indebted to anybody up until August 2nd.

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INDEPENDENT reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige also thanked the new leadership led by Dr Godiya Ishaya and the entire Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for suspending its nationwide strike that had lasted for 63 days.

Sen. Chris Ngige stressed that contentions about allowances, such as the Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF), payment of Medical Residency Training Fund and Special COVID-19 allowances for those omitted, migration of some doctors on the GFMIS platform and some doctors who were not paid the Special COVID-19 allowances were being addressed. Information Guide Nigeria

The Minister said, ”If the former NARD leadership were not playing politics, they should have reported well to their members, especially after the intervention of the Elders Forum of which the President and Secretary General of NARD were members.

”You are lucky to have me, a medical doctor and health system manager here as the Minister of Labour and Employment. So, when the matter came, the issues are clear to me”.

According to INDEPENDENT, the Secretary-General of the NMA, Dr Philip Ekpe and the new NARD President, Dr Godiya Ishaya, appreciated the minister for his reconciliatory efforts that led to the resolution of the strike and appealed to him to fast track the full implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding they had with the Federal Government.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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