The federal government of Nigeria has proposed to increase hazard allowance for all health workers in government health establishments in the country.
Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige made this known while briefing newsmen in Abuja at the end of a meeting between the Presidential Committee on Salaries(PSC), relevant Federal Government Stakeholders and Health Professional Association and Trade Unions.
The meeting was called at the instance of the Minister to discuss the issue of hazard allowance and retirement age for health sector workers in government establishments.
Ngige said the resolutions reached at the meeting were fruitful.
The federal government has moved up from the N5, 000 monthly hazard allowance paid to all health workers in Nigeria and now offering 350 and 600 per cent increment for junior workers and senior workers respectively.
The government side led by the Minister of State for Budget and Planning gave a counteroffer to the earlier submissions made by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and affiliate associations and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).
The offer from the government side was given based on the realities of the current situation of the economy of the country, the Minister explained.
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and affiliate associations and the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) have requested for two weeks adjournment to enable them to conclude consultation with their members and report back to the committee.
Ngige added that the meeting agreed that the offers should be left as it is until both parties go back for consultation with their members and return in two week’s time for further negotiations.
The Minister also stated that the federal government has agreed in principle to increase the retirement age of doctors and other health workers from 60 to 65 years and 70 years for consultants.