Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has disclosed that the Federal Government released N4.5 billion for clearance of backlog of arrears of hazard and inducement allowances in 31 federal teaching and specialist hospitals across the country.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Ngige further who revealed that the payment is for arrears of April and May, also said that plans were ongoing to organise a meeting for discussions with Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) for state-owned hospitals.
The Minister said: “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.”
Ngige was in the company of the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN).