One yr after approval, Nigerian govt but to pay new hazard allowance for well being staff –NLC

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Wabba, has disclosed that the federal authorities is but to begin fee of the brand new hazard allowance it authorised for well being staff within the nation.

Wabba revealed this on Thursday, whereas urging the Federal Authorities to right away implement the fee of the brand new hazard allowance to well being staff.

He spoke on the 2022 annual Federal Capital Territory Nurses Week/Scientific Workshop of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives on Thursday in Abuja.

On the workshop with the theme, “Put money into Nursing and respect rights to safe international well being,” Wabba hailed the well being staff for his or her resilience and sacrifices to the nation though they have been underpaid.

“Many well being staff have fallen sufferer to ailments in caring for sufferers. I salute the nurses and Midwives, your reward is just not solely in heaven however right here on earth. I urge you to study so you possibly can discharge high quality healthcare service to Nigerians.

“The fee of hazard allowance will enhance the morale of our well being staff within the nation.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the invaluable position of nurses,” he mentioned whereas paying tribute to those that died of their bid to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic by preserving lives.

“Nurses and Midwives are smiles of life, they occupy particular locations within the coronary heart of all Nigerians.

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“In addition they occupy a really particular place within the well being system of each nation. There will probably be no future within the well being sector with out nurses.

“You’re the soul of the well being system, it takes a motherly coronary heart and compassion to be a nurse. That is the type of coronary heart that should outline our well being sector,” he mentioned.

FG’s unfulfilled promise of improved Well being Hazard allowance

Nigeria’s federal authorities is infamous for reneging on or refusing to fulfil its tasks to staff. College lecturers, well being staff, aviation staff, civil servants, the checklist of sad and unfulfiled staff within the public sector is infinite.

The decision to extend the well being hazard allowance of well being staff in Nigeria was first made on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Nigeria Medical Affiliation (NMA) argued that docs and nurses risking their lives to struggle the pandemic deserve greater than N5000 as hazard allowance, when a Nigerian senator will get about one N1 million as ‘newspaper allowance’

With many Nigerians lending their voices to the case by NMA, the federal authorities reluctantly assured that it will evaluation the allowances of well being staff in federal medical centres and different federal hospitals throughout the nation.

Nevertheless, this was not formally authorised till December 2021. It authorised the increment of hazard allowance for well being staff from N5000 to between N15,000 to N40,000 relying on the degrees of the employees.

The approval was contained in a round with reference quantity SWC/S/04/S.218/11/406 dated December 22, 2021 and signed by the Govt Chairman of the Nationwide Salaries, Wages and Revenue Fee.

The round learn partly, “In regards to the evaluation of the hazard allowance relevant to well being staff within the providers of the federal hospitals, medical centres and clinics in ministries, departments and businesses, the hazard allowance was reviewed to a flat price that ranges from N5,000 to between N15,000 and N34,000 for well being staff on the CONHESS wage construction, whereas docs on CONMESS had theirs reviewed from N5,000 to between N32,000 and N40,000.”

It’s a couple of yr since this approval was made, however implementation is but to start

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