An additional ₦8.9 billion has been approved by the Federal Government to pay up a large chunk of the June 2020 COVID-19 allowance to all Health Workers across the Nation.
This was revealed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of the meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, in Abuja.
Senator Ngige stated that the implementation of the payment of the Special Hazard and Inducement Allowance has been concluded, stressing that this has been cash-backed and the mandate sent to the Central Bank of Nigeria for payments to start with effect from September 9.
According to him, this will bring the total disbursement to about ₦288 billion.
Channels TV reports that the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Federal Government reached an agreement in a bid to end the ongoing strike by health workers at a meeting that lasted almost the entire day; the association later said it will consult its executive council within the next 24 hours, with a view to calling off the strike.
Both parties had been locked in negotiations to resolve issues that led to the declaration of a nationwide strike on Monday.
Some of the issues revolved around the provision of group life insurance for doctors and other Health Care Workers, payment of death-in-service benefit to next of kin/beneficiaries, Universal implementation of the Medical Residency Training Act in all Federal and State, immediate review of the Hazard Allowance of Health Care Workers and payment of the Covid-19 Inducement Allowance.