N20bn spent on medical workers harzard allowances in 3 months – FG

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The Federal Government of Nigeria says despite the nation’s lean resources caused by the emergence of Coronavirus, N20 billion has been spent on Inducement Allowance for Medical/Health Workers and  Special Hazard for April, May, and June 2020.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, said this in a statement on Tuesday while appealing to the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend its ongoing strike by its staff.

The minister said, “the President Buhari administration already addressed six out of the eight demands listed by the body.”

He also noted that by Labour Laws and International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions, all political parties are not to employ arm-twisting methods.

Minister Ngige also pointed out that there is a pending case in the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) instituted by two civil society groups against NARD, the Ministers of Health and Labour and Employment, Attorney-General of the Federation.

The groups, Association of Women in Trading and Agriculture (AWITA) and Citizens Advocacy for Social Rights (CASER), asked for an interlocutory injunction against a further strike by residents doctors, Ngige said.

According to him, the government has also expanded N9.3 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance for Health workers, Public and civil servants in federal organizations.

Meanwhile, the insurance will run from March 2020 till March 2021.

He further announced a meeting between NARD and the Federal Ministries of Finance, Health, Budget, and National Planning to be on Wednesday for further discussion on the ongoing strike.

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