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FG pays doctors’ N15.8 billion hazard allowance

The payment followed threats by the resident doctors to embark on strike.

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Federal Government has paid medical doctors in teaching hospitals and primary healthcare centres across the country hazard allowance worth N15.8 billion.

This was revealed by Nigeria’s Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, during a meeting that was organised to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and resident doctors.

The minister also explained that the government has cleared the April and May special allowances. According to him, medical personnel can now draw their normal salaries and other allowances.

READ MORE: FG moves to reduce allowances of all political office holders

The backstory: Recall that in June, Nairametrics reported when Ngige announced that the government released the first set of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching and Medical Centres across the country. According to him, the fund was to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May.

The payment followed threats by the resident doctors to embark on strike if their hazard allowance needs were not met. Other issues they wanted to address include deplorable state of hospitals and the lack of protective equipment for members of the union treating COVID-19 patients, which has led to the deaths of some doctors in recent times.

READ ALSO: Covid-19: Lagos clarifies the ‘N1 million daily’ treatment cost for patients

“The federal government has so far spent N15.8 billion naira for hazard allowances in its teaching hospitals, medical centres and some other non- COVID-19 facilities where doctors have also been treating virus cases.

“Government has cleared the April and May special allowances which is no doubt a big feat, knowing that this is for special allowances only, and at a time its earning has fallen short of the expected earning,” the minister said.

What it means: This development indicates the government’s commitment to the welfare and safety of the health workers. This is probably one of the good things that have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. But then again, the Nigerian Government needs to do more to address the myriads of issues bedeviling the Nigerian health sector.

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  1. Henry

    July 28, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    Fantastic! But do doctors need to raise alarm before our leaders do their primary responsibilities? Do workers in Nigeria need to raise any alarm before they receive their dues?

    Do we have to propose strike before we do what’s human to do?

    Do we have to be forced to do what we should normally do?

    When workers receive their dues, is it a favour? I don’t think it’s. But that’s the way it sounds and looks all the time when finally, our leaders pay their dues by paying the allowances. They make it look as though it’s a favour. Do we have to publicize it.

    How many times does a father need to shout to the public that he has fed his own children? It’s his responsibility. When people work for you, it’s their right to receive their dues or salaries, not a favour from you, sirs/mas.

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Royal Academy of Engineering invests over £3.5 million in Nigeria, others

The academy has awarded over £3.5 million in 37 projects in Nigeria and across 13 African countries.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded over £3.5 million to 37 projects in Nigeria and across 13 African countries to promote better training and sustainability and diversify economies.

This was disclosed by the Academy via a statement issued and seen by Nairametrics on Thursday to mark the UNESCO World Engineering Day 2021.

It stated that the Academy’s interest in partnering with partner academic institutions’ projects focused on realizing sustainable development goals.

One of such projects, according to the statement, is the renewable energy project recently embarked on by Engineering students in the University of Abuja, Nigeria.

It stated, “A new awardee of the HEPSSA programme, the University of Abuja, in a project titled “Renewable energy utilization: Accelerating diffusion of solar power systems”, seeks to address the problem of access to affordable and clean energy with a view to enable accelerated diffusion solar power systems.”

Commenting on the progress achieved in Africa, Nigerian born Engineer in the UK, Yewande Akinola MBE, who is also a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering GCRF Africa Catalyst Committee, said:

“While we see immediate improvements in skills and innovation through these programmes, the real win is establishing a framework for lasting change. This will equip communities in Africa to anticipate and plan for the challenges posed by climate change, urbanisation and economic development. The continent is transforming rapidly, and those engineering its future need the skills to think on their feet.”

Stressing the need for strategic partnerships and buy-in of stakeholders, she said, “By developing strong alliances between local partners in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, we can enable learning, collaboration and sharing of best practice, which in turn will build skills to boost innovation. But there is much more to be done, which needs the continued support of investors and partners.”

She added that the Academy aimed to support the development of a diverse and future fit workforce across the continent.

“It is estimated that fewer than 10% of engineering posts in Africa are currently occupied by women. GCRF Africa Catalyst has worked with Women in Engineering (WomEng) to promote gender diversity across a wide spectrum of professional experience.

“WomEng’s work with Eswatini’s Registration Council for Architects, Engineers, Surveyors and Allied Professionals has resulted in seven registered female members where they initially had none. A HEP SSA project with the Institute of Engineers Rwanda also helped to increase the number of female internship applicants from 5% to 2018 to 25% in 2019,” she said.

Highlights of achievements of the Africa grants:

  • Over 2000 professionals trained by Professional Engineering Institutions across sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Over 530 student industry placements since 2013. Number of students obtaining industry internships increased from 40% to 90% over the course of one project in Zambia
  • Diversity & Inclusion initiatives have driven equal gender participation in programmes. A project from the Institute of Engineers Rwanda helped to increase the number of female internship applicants from 5% in 2018 to 25% in 2019.
  • 50 individual course curricula reviewed and improved as a result of industry-academia partnerships.
  • Almost 50 UK organisations and 400 in-country bodies involved as project partners so far.

What you should know

  • Launched in 2016, with support from the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the Africa Catalyst initiative allows Engineers to focus on issues of specific importance to their relevant jurisdictions while facilitating good governance practices.
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering is showcasing its impact on enhancing collaboration, education, and diversity in engineering in sub-Saharan Africa, delivered through its Africa grants programmes ahead of the second UNESCO World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development on the 4th of March 2021.

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Veteran broadcaster, actor, Sadiq Daba is dead

Daba died on Wednesday evening after losing a battle to leukaemia and prostate cancer.

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Veteran broadcaster and actor, Sadiq Daba, died on Wednesday evening after losing a battle to leukaemia and prostate cancer.

His death was confirmed by filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, with whom he recently worked with on the 2020 motion picture, Citation.

Afolayan, who said that the ace broadcaster died on the evening of Wednesday, March 3rd, said he spoke with his wife and son who confirmed his passing to him.

Many Nigerians, including billionaire Femi Otedola, had donated money for his treatment abroad and showed massive support on social media.

Daba made waves in the 1980s on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

He has featured in several TV series and movies, with “Cock Crow at Dawn” and “October 1st” as notable mentions.

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