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Health News of Thursday, 7 October 2021


You’re lucky to have me as minister - Chris Ngige to doctors

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

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed his appreciation to the Nigerian doctors for calling off their nine-week-old strike.

The resident doctors embarked on a strike over the failure of government to pay the salaries of the workers.

On Wednesday, October 6, the minister received members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and executive members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja.

During the meeting, he noted that the association is lucky to have him as the Minister of Labour and Employment with his knowledge as a medical practitioner.

He said;

“The previous NARD leadership hoarded information from your members. Instead, things wouldn’t have degenerated,” he said.

There is no need being pugilistic. We know that we have opposition to our government. It doesn’t mean that if we are doing something right, we should not be praised.

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.

But, when you bring advice to both parties on how things should be done and it is thrown away completely, you leave us with no other option than to do what the law says that we should be doing. That was why I sent this matter to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).”