Health workers in Nigeria received a total of N15.8billion as hazard allowances between February and May this year, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Monday.

The Minister said the money was said to workers in federal teaching hospitals, federal medical centres and some non-COVID-19 hospitals where the virus is treated. He said the Federal Government has cleared the April/May special allowances.

“At a time government earning has fallen short of the expected earnings, the affected medical personnel will also draw their normal salaries and other allowances,” he said and acknowledged that the June allowances were still outstanding because the budget has been eaten into by certain developments, such as pay for house officers, interns, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) doctors as well as volunteers.

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