The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said on Monday the Federal Government would make a final decision on the new hazard allowance for health workers next week.

Ngige according to a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, Charles Akpan, stated this during a meeting of the Presidential Committee on Salaries with the leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and its affiliates held in his office in Abuja.

The minister said the review of the hazard allowance was part of efforts by the government to check brain drain in the health sector.

He said: “We have collected all the raw materials needed to do the work. You have been very supportive. You have given us positions. The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) covering other professional unions in the health sector has done the same and over time, we have had various associations write us at one time or the other, which is allowed in Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs).

“Even CBAs can be changed over time. What you people did is in consonance with the social dialogue on fixing wages and allowances.

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