Why Nigerian Doctors Are Still Paid N5000 As Hazard Allowance – Chris Ngige

NMA because they are the parent body abdicated their responsibilities and ran away because other people have come into N5,000.

They did not make any move now to ask for that allowance to be reviewed and adjusted. They are now sharing it with other people.”

Ngige said he was not aware that the doctors were still being paid N5,000 as hazard allowance until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Ngige
Chris Ngige

In a country where politicians get N1.2m as newspaper allowance, it is beyond common sense that those who put their lives on the line in the almost moribund health sector still earn N5000 as hazard allowance.

The minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige has now stated that the reason for that meagre amount received by the striking doctors is because they never asked for an upward review.

The doctors had embarked on an indefinite strike on April 1, due to the federal government’s failure to pay their owed allowances and salaries.

Speaking during an NTA programme on Wednesday, the minister said the last review of the hazard allowance was done in 2009.

“The hazard allowance for medical doctors came on board in 1991 under circular 1 of 1991. There were three of us that wrote that circular. I was there as deputy director,” he said.

Ngige also noted that the NMA did not make any move to ask for that allowance to be reviewed and adjusted since nurses and other health workers were drafted into the hazard allowance payment scheme.

Ngige said he was not aware that the doctors were still being paid N5,000 as hazard allowance until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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