- The federal government says up to N20 billion has been paid as allowance to health workers during the pandemic
- This was disclosed by the minister of state for health on Wednesday, September 9
- According to the minister, the government is committed to the welfare of all frontline workers
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Amid the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD)'s nationwide strike, the Nigerian government has said that during the COVID-19 pandemic it has spent N20 billion on health workers allowance.
Olorunnimbe Mamora, minister of state for health, made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, September 9.
Mamora while dismissing allegations that the government is not committed to the welfare of health workers said steps are been taken to meet up with their demands, The Cable reports.
The minister went on to note that claims that nothing has been done are not true, adding that part of the June allowance hasn't been paid because of the economic situation in the country.
According to Mamora, the funds were paid to federal health institutions including federal medical centres, teaching hospitals, among others across the nation.
The minister of state for health speaking on the N5,000 hazard allowance for doctors and health workers said the payment was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained that efforts are ongoing to mobilise funds for the payment of health workers.
It would be recalled that following the failure of the government to meet their requests, NARD, on Monday, September 7, commenced a nationwide “indefinite strike” to press home their demand.
Aliyu Sokomba, the NARD president, who confirmed this development via a telephone call said the doctors decided to embark on strike due to the government's failure to meet their requests.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government assured that medical doctors at the forefront in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic will soon receive their hazard allowance for the month of June.
Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, gave the assurance following a meeting with the leadership of NARD on Thursday, August 6.
A statement by Charles Akpan, the deputy director of press and public relations of the ministry, also reiterated the pledge, saying despite the fall in revenues, doctors will have the last smile.
According to the minister, the federal government has put all measures in place to ensure that health personnel fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are paid their allowance.
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