N4.5 billion has been released by the Federal Government of Nigeria for clearance of backlog of arrears of hazard and inducement allowances in 31 federal teaching and specialist hospitals across the country.
Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment,disclosed this to pressmen on Friday, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige, who was in the company of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN), also said moves were ongoing to organise a meeting for discussions with Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) for state-owned hospitals.
He said the meeting with Buhari was to discuss the developments with the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD).
“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.” the Minister said.