The Federal Government says it has released N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching and Medical Centres across the country.

Briefing State House correspondents on the release of the money, the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the payment was for hazard and inducement allowances for the months of April and May.

Dr. Ngige said he was optimistic that resident doctors would reciprocate the gesture and end their strike.

He explained that workers in federal government Covid hospitals would receive 50 percent of their gross monthly pay as an added bonus, while those in Covid centres would get 20 percent extra, and 10 percent would go to the administrative staff of the mentioned health facilities.

Dr. Ngige said the government had also agreed to give workers in question group life insurance, and employee compensation payment of 90 percent of their gross pay, with room for training four members of their families up to university level.

He said the government had agreed to re-engage the services of those of them that had retired as volunteers in the struggle against the pandemic, saying however that their engagements would be on contract basis.

The Minister said his office had arranged a meeting for the doctors to talk to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, arguing that the issue of health is on the concurrent list, which requires all the tiers of government to do their portions

On the ongoing strike by ASUU, the Minister urged them to end it and prepare to start lectures when permission is given.

He said the government would respect the outcome of their March meeting, during which it was agreed that modalities be worked out to merge IPPIS and UTAS.

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