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Health News of Wednesday, 8 September 2021


No doctor or health worker is being owed salary - Chris Ngige

Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has refute claims that government owes some doctors salaries.

His comment comes in the wake of the ongoing strike carried out by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

According to him, addressing the issue on salaries became necessary due to the misconception making rounds.

The minister stated that NARD has failed to inform the public that persons owed salaries are those who have been illegally recruited.

He made this known at the meeting of the presidential committee on salaries, with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in Abuja on Tuesday, September 7.

“NARD goes about telling Nigerians that government is owing them salaries, and as well not taking the problems in the health sector seriously. But this is not true. It is incorrect,” he said.

No doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other health worker, including the driver, is owed monthly salary. Government pays as and when due.

The truth is that NARD fails to tell Nigerians that their colleagues who are owed salaries are the ones illegally recruited. Therefore, they were neither captured by the office of the head of service of the federation, nor were their payments provided for by the budget office of the federation.

Monthly salaries are done as and when due for those legitimately employed by the federal government, but not to those illegally employed or need their appointments regularised and captured in the finances of government for payment.

This takes a process which is not accomplished overnight,” he said.