By Lillian Ogbonna (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – N15.8 billion has been spent on hazard allowances by the Federal Government in its teaching hospitals and medical centres across the country, according to Sen. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment.
Ngige disclosed this during a media parley at a meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) leadership on Monday in Abuja, which was convened to assess the level of execution of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into by both parties and to avert strike threat by health workers.
The minister, while announcing that the federal government had spent N15.8 billion naira for hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals, medical centres and some other non- COVID-19 facilities where doctors have also been treating virus cases, added that April and May special allowances had also been cleared, pointing out that June allowances were pending because the budget had been affected by developments not originally captured, such as pay for house officers, interns, NYSC doctors and volunteers.
Ngige also said that the issue of Residency Training Fund was captured in the 2020 budget, and that the government has paid all the premium for Group Life Insurance spanning between April 17, 2020 and April 16, 2021 for all federal civil servants except those in the revenue generating agencies such as customs, FIRS and NNPC who could afford their own insurance.
Those at the meeting were the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment.