The federal government said it has released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 teaching and special hospitals across the country, over the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this on Friday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige, who addressed State House correspondents, in the company of Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and Minister of State, Labour, Festus Keyamo, said the payment is for the arrears of April and May hazard and inducement allowances.
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He said the allowances for June will also be paid.
He said: “Just this morning, before we went to see Mr President, the Ministry of Finance reported that as at this morning, 3am, they have paid the allowances for hazard and inducement to 31 teaching and Federal Medical Centres and special hospitals of the federal government service and they have expended close to N4.5 billion in the payment because we are paying them the arrears of April and May.
“The payment for June will also be done immediately these ones are sorted out. Again, it’s important to report to you that in consonance with what he’s saying, we have arranged a meeting for them to speak to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum because you don’t mix apples and oranges.
“The issue of health is on the concurrent list, so the federal government will do its own and the state government will be expected to do their own.
“Some of their grievances border on what they feel the state governments have not done.”
The doctors on Monday, commenced a nationwide indefinite strike.
According to the association, the strike was necessitated due to lingering industrial disputes, which include the non-payment of special allowances to its members.