COVID-19: FG pays N15.8 billion hazard allowance to doctors

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Federal Government has paid medical doctors in teaching hospitals and primary healthcare centres across the country hazard allowance worth N15.8 billion.

The payment followed threats by the resident doctors to embark on strike.

This was revealed by Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, during a meeting that was organised to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and resident doctors.

The Minister also explained that the government has cleared the April and May special allowances.

According to him, medical personnel can now draw their normal salaries and other allowances.

“The Federal Government has so far spent N15.8 billion for hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals, medical centres and some other non- COVID-19 facilities where doctors have also been treating virus cases.

“Government has cleared the April and May special allowances which is no doubt a big feat, knowing that this is for special allowances only, and at a time its earning has fallen short of the expected earning,” the Minister said.

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