Clergyman of Labor, Chris Ngige has said that he didn’t realize that specialists in the nation were all the while being paid N5000 danger remittance until the COVID-19 pandemic.
Relating how he and two others composed the roundabout that got installment of danger remittance to clinical specialists in 1991 during a meeting on NTA on Wednesday April 8, Ngige said the last time the risk recompense was audited for all clinical staff was in 2009.
He additionally blamed the Nigerian Medical Association for renouncing its responsiblity and not taking any action to request that stipend to be investigated and changed.
“The danger remittance for clinical specialists went ahead board in 1991 under roundabout 1 of 1991. There were three of us that composed that roundabout. I was there as agent chief.
“The chief established us into a board on this in light of the fact that the pastor at that point was hanging tight for this record.
“That was the point at which your risk came and from that point forward the other clinical people fomented to get into that N5,000 — medical caretakers, birthing specialists, radiologist — individuals began coming into that N5,000 from that 1991, execution began in 1992.
“The last gathering of individuals that came in I believe was in 2009. That was the point at which it was inspected for everyone to have N5,000.
“NMA on the grounds that they are the parent body surrendered their obligations and fled in light of the fact that others have come into N5,000. They didn’t take any action presently to request that stipend to be looked into and changed. They are currently offering it to others.
“I didn’t have any acquaintance with it was still N5,000 until we begun COVID and when I referenced it in the financial manageability advisory group, both the priest of account and the VP said N,5000 for someone working in a wellbeing area? It is criminal. The VP is a legal advisor, money serve is a bookkeeper.
“They advised me: you need to accomplish something. Please we leave it to you. I met the gathering promptly in my home under COVID and we gave them an extraordinary COVID risk stipend that was up to 1,000 percent of N5,000.
“A few group returned home for the three months with N600,000, that is N200,000 per month, some N300,000. My teacher companion and cohort disclosed to me it was risk that secured him through ASUU strike, that he got N350,000 consistently.
“So government paid N32 billion for a quarter of a year. What was in the COVID financial plan for it was N20 billion. We began paying and we were unable to go round, and I needed to put forth a unique defense, battled in the monetary supportability council in light of the fact that there is no cash and clergyman of money needed to go external the COVID spending plan of N500 billion to get another N12 billion for the installment. That is N32 billion.”