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Ngige opposes Bill putting restrictions on Doctors

Written by on May 2, 2023

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed opposition to a bill before the House of Representatives mandating medical and dental practitioners to undergo a minimum of five years of service to obtain a full licence.

The proposal seeking to amend the Medical and Dental Practitioners Act is sponsored by the lawmaker representing Oshodi-Isolo II Federal Constituency, Ganiyu Johnson.

Ngige says he does not support the bill in question while commenting on the matter during an interview.

He however stated that the legislator in question was right to put forward a private member’s bill, a proposed law introduced into a legislature by a lawmaker who is not acting on behalf of the executive branch.

In a related development, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has described as absurd the demands being made and the ultimatum issued by the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors to the Federal Government.

Ngige said the government had given the doctors everything they wanted, adding that their sense of entitlement was too much.

NARD had on Saturday given the Federal Government two weeks to meet its demands or face industrial disharmony.

The doctors are demanding an immediate increment in the Consolidated Medical Salary Structure to the tune of 200 per cent of the current gross salaries of doctors.

Commenting on the matter during an interview with journalists, Ngige says the doctors’ demands were absurd, adding that they had the option of leaving the country.

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