The federal government says it has considered raising hazard allowance for all public health workers by 350 per cent and 600 per cent for junior and senior workers respectively.
Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said this in Abuja yesterday while briefing newsmen at the end of a meeting between the Presidential Committee on Salaries, relevant federal government stakeholders and the Health Professional Association and Trade Unions.
Daily Trust reports that public health workers in government health are being paid N5,000; the situation that has formed part of the health workers’ agitations.
Ngige said: “The Federal Government has moved up from the N5,000 monthly hazard allowance paid to all health workers in Nigeria and now offers 350 per cent and 600 per cent increments for junior workers and senior workers respectively.
“The government side led by the Minister of State for Budget and Planning, gave a counter offer to the earlier submissions made by the Nigerian Medical Association and affiliate associations and the Joint Health Sector Unions.
“The government side gave them that offer based on the realities that we have on ground, that the economy is not doing very well and the capital component of the budget is actually being funded on borrowing. The earnings of the government have also drastically gone down.”