The Nigerian Government has said it will start the payment of hazard and inducement allowance to health workers on the frontline of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic in the course of the week.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this in Abuja after a meeting with the leadership of health professionals.
Also at the meeting were the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; the Accountant General of the Federation, Idris Ahmed and the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Olorunnimbe Mamora, as well as the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association, National Association of Resident Doctors and the Joint Health Sector Unions.
The government, in April, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with associations and unions for health workers on the frontline of the battle against the pandemic to get special incentives, including hazard allowance, insurance and tax rebates.
The labour minister, therefore, said the health workers will receive two months’ pay for April and May before the close of work on Thursday.