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Striking resident doctors get April, May salary arrears

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THE Federal Government has released hazard and inducement allowances worth N4.5billion to 31 teaching hospitals and federal medical centres.

  Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the disclosure today after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

   “Just this morning, before we went to see the president, the Ministry of Finance reported that as of this morning, 3.00 a.m., they have paid the allowances for hazard and inducement to 31 teaching hospitals and Federal Medical Centres and special hospitals of the federal government service and they have expended close to N4.5 billion in the payment because we are paying them the arrears of April and May. Ngige stated.

Continuing, “the payment for June will also be done immediately these ones are sorted out.

  Again, it’s important to report to you that in consonance with what he Health Minister) is saying, we have arranged a meeting for them (striking resident doctors) to speak to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum because you don’t mix apples and oranges. 

“The issue of health is on the concurrent list. So, the federal government will do its own and the state government will be expected to do their own.

“Some of their grievances border on what they feel the state governments have not done.” The minister noted.

  Flanked by his Health counterpart, Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, he said the money was for arrears of April and May.

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