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Federal Government Is Not Owing Any Doctor, Health Worker Salary – Ngige Fires Back » Naijaloaded

The Federal Government has insisted that no doctor or health worker is being owed salary.

Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said the Federal Government pays the salaries of doctors and health workers when due.

He stated this during a meeting of the presidential committee on salaries with the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister said the explanation became necessary to address the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).

NARD members are currently on strike over alleged salary irregularities.

However, Ngige said:

“NARD goes about telling Nigerians that the government is owing them salaries, and as well not taking the problems in the health sector seriously. But this is not true. It is incorrect

“No doctor, nurse, pharmacist or any other health worker, including the driver, is owed a monthly salary. Government pays as and when due.

“The truth is that NARD fails to tell Nigerians that their colleagues who are owed salaries are the ones illegally recruited. Therefore, they were 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 or need their appointments regularised and captured in the finances of government for payment.”

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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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