FG offers N47bn as hazard allowance to resident doctors | Dailytrust

FG offers N47bn as hazard allowance to resident doctors

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD)
The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD)

The Federal Government has commended the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) for suspending its nationwide strike that had lasted for 63 days.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, gave the commendation when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), who led NARD’s executive members, on a visit to his office on Wednesday in Abuja.

Ngige, who commended the new NARD leadership led by Dr Godiya Ishaya, for asking its members to return to work, disclosed that the federal government had increased the aggregate money in the 2022 budget for hazard allowance from N40 billion to N47 billion, annually.

He said the latest strike would not have degenerated to the point it got to, if the former NARD leadership had given their members the correct information.

The minister said that the federal government was not indebted to any doctor up till August 2, when NARD embarked on the strike.

He assured that all the contentious issues were being addressed, including the payment of the Medical Residency Training Fund and Special COVID-19 allowances for those omitted.

Earlier, in separate speeches, the Secretary-General of the NMA, Dr Philip Ekpe and the new NARD President, Dr Godiya Ishaya, appealed to the minister to fast track the full implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding they entered into with the government. (NAN) 

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