Chris Ngige

FG Insists No Doctor Is Being Owed Monthly Salary » Naijaloaded

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has said that contrary to what he described as propaganda by the striking members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), no doctor or health worker in Nigeria is owed their monthly salary.

The minister said this on Tuesday at the opening of the meeting of the Presidential Committee on Salaries with the leadership of the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in Abuja.

According to him, the “fumes from the propaganda machine of NARD were obfuscating the reality of the Federal Government’s efforts to re-position the health sector”.

“NARD goes about telling Nigerians that government is owing them salaries and that government is not taking the problems in the health sector serious. But this is not true. It is incorrect. No doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other health worker including the driver is owed monthly salary. Government pays as and when due,” Ngige was quoted as saying in a statement by the Ministry’s Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Charles Akpan.

“The truth is that NARD doctors fail to tell Nigerians that their colleagues who are owed salaries are the ones illegally recruited and were therefore neither captured by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation nor were their payments provided for by the Budget Office of the Federation.

“Monthly salaries are done as and when due for those legitimately employed by the Federal Government but not to those illegally employed and who need their appointments regularized and captured in the finances of government for payment. This takes a process which is not accomplished overnight.”

In his speech the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said it was such a wrong time to go on strike, noting that despite financial constraints, government remains committed to payment of salaries of doctors and health workers.

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INCOMPETENCE!!! Federal Government Wrongly Paid Millions Of Naira To 588 Doctors – Ngige Reveals » Naijaloaded

The Nigerian government has vowed to recover millions of Naira wrongly paid to 588 medical doctors.

Labour Minister, Chris Ngige spoke in a chat with State House reporters in Abuja on Sunday.

Ngige said the affected doctors wrongly benefitted from the Medical Residency Training Fund meant for a particular category of doctors.

Their names were uncovered after a scrutiny of the 8,000 names submitted by Chief Medical Directors of federal institutions.

He said about 2,000 names should have been omitted because they don’t have Postgraduate Reference Numbers of National Postgraduate Medical College and (or) that of the West African Postgraduate Medical College.

The minister, however, disclosed that a substantial amount of the money had been refunded by some of the health personnel.

Ngige said result of the first round of scrutinization will be compared to the lists the Post-Graduate Medical College and the Chief Medical Directors presented.

He assured that once the authenticity of names submitted are verified, the Accountant-General will pay the beneficiaries.

“We are doing that verification because we do not want what happened last time in 2020 to reoccur”,

The minister added.

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