Ngige pledges payment of dead doctors’ entitlements

Ngige pledges payment of dead doctors’ entitlements

The Federal Government has said it had begun the payment of death benefits to deceased doctors; as well as other health workers under the Group Life Insurance, according to Ngige.

1st News gathered that the FG revealed a N4.3 billion budget as Residency Training Fund; under the personnel costs in the Service Wide Votes.

Consequently, the Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige made this pronouncement on Thursday, July 22, in Abuja; after a meeting between representatives of the Federal Government as well as the leadership of the National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria (NARD), led by its President, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi.

The meeting, it was learnt, was convened to forestall another doctors’ strike.

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Rising from the meeting, Ngige told reporters that evidence was tendered by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF) to show that insurance companies had started paying up.

The payment of benefits to deceased doctors is among the demands of the NARD.

Ngige said the evidence tendered at the meeting corroborated what the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi Esan, told the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

He said: “Over N1 billion is on for payment as death benefits. Evidence has been tendered about those who have received the cheques. And so, we are happy that something has been done in that direction in our health institutions.

“This is apart from what happens in other government establishments covered by this life insurance.”

The minister said work was in progress for those migrating from Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform to the IPPIS.

He explained that the Budget and IPPIS offices had been given about 30 days to conclude all outstanding issues.

Ngige also said a committee had been constituted to examine tertiary institutions that are not adhering to the abolition of bench fees.

He said: “Bench fees are fees paid by resident doctors to institutions where they have gone to acquire training that are not available in their original training institutions.

“With all these and others, like consequential minimum wage salary adjustment arrears being taken care of, we hope that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of NARD, which is billed to meet sometime next week, will be happy and encourage their officers to dialogue.

“We don’t need strike anymore and they (resident doctors) agreed with me that we don’t need strike. So, it is work in progress. We thank them for the understanding they showed.”

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