The Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige has assured Nigerian doctors that their June hazard allowance will be paid next week. Ngige made this known when he met with the leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Thursday, August 6.
Ngige said teaching hospitals and medical centers in the country have been directed to submit the list of names of their personnel who had some hitches in receiving their payments.
He said their names will be forwarded to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS). According to the minister, the federal government has put all measures in place to ensure that health personnel fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are paid their allowance.
Mr. Charles Akpan who is the deputy director of press and Public relations of the ministry in a statement reiterated the assurance of the minister by saying despite the fall in the revenue, doctors will laugh last because government is working to pay them their allowances.
He added that the issue of shortfall in payments had also been dealt with, as the names of the affected persons would be compiled and forwarded to the Ministry of Finance.
Ngige revealed that the case of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) had been amicably resolved, with the Chief Medical Director bringing back the interdicted Resident Doctors.
According to him, the two factors thrown up by the crisis in that local chapter of NARD had merged peacefully. “Elections have been conducted to elect an interim executive to man the affairs of that chapter till December 2020, after which a fresh election would hold for a new executive that would take over in 2021.”
He congratulated the interim government in UPTH headed by Dr Solomon Amadi and commended the Peace Committee for brokering peace successfully and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for superintending over the election.
Also speaking, the President of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), Aliyu Sokomba, noted that although a few issues were still pending, significant progress had really been made in addressing the concerns of NARD.
He appreciated the efforts of the Federal Government side led by Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.