FG has raised health workers’ hazard allowance by 300% -Ngige

NIGERIA’S Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige said the Federal Government had raised health workers’ hazard allowance by over 300 per cent.

He made the announcement on Wednesday after a closed door meeting with health workers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the proposal was made by the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages that had been handling negotiations over the welfare of health workers, especially since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister said the government had since spent up to N30 to 31 billion in payments of such allowances, especially since COVID-19 began.

“We moved from the N5,000… a month, which was long forgotten, until COVID came,” the minister said. He also gave estimates on what the government was offering the health workers.

The minister said the government “had offered things that are very reasonable” as it had improved the situation for both junior and senior workers.

He said in terms of allowance, there had been  “about 350 per cent rise for junior workers and about 600 per cent rise for senior workers.”

Ngige cited a suffering national economy, a budget being funded by borrowing, and a gross drop in government earnings as reasons for the level of offer.



    However, health workers are yet to accept the raise as the minister noted that a two-week adjournment had been called, to allow them to conclude negotiations with their colleagues before  providing a feedback.

    It has been three months since the minister of labour and employment threatened the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) with a ‘no-work no-pay’ clause during the recent strike.

    The ICIR had reported that the association of doctors listed the ‘non-implementation of 50 per cent hazard allowance for all health workers’ as part of the reasons it took the industrial action.

    In September 2020, The Joint Health Service Unions (JOHESU) had also gone on a seven-day strike over the non-payment of hazard allowance for treating COVID-19 patients, a report said.

    Join the ICIR WhatsApp channel for in-depth reports on the economy, politics and governance, and investigative reports.

    Support the ICIR

    We invite you to support us to continue the work we do.

    Your support will strengthen journalism in Nigeria and help sustain our democracy.

    If you or someone you know has a lead, tip or personal experience about this report, our WhatsApp line is open and confidential for a conversation


    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Support the ICIR

    We need your support to produce excellent journalism at all times.

    - Advertisement


    - Advertisement