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Buhari regime wrongly pays tens of millions of naira to 588 medical doctors, calls for refund

President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime says it’s going to get better tens of millions of naira wrongly paid to 588 medical medical doctors throughout the nation.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, acknowledged this in Abuja whereas talking with journalists.

He defined that affected medical doctors wrongly benefitted from Medical Residency Coaching Fund meant for a specific class of medical doctors.

He stated the regime uncovered the names of the medical doctors after scrutinising an inventory of 8,000 medical doctors submitted by chief medical administrators of well being establishments for the coaching programme.

The minister admitted that a few of the affected medical doctors had refunded a considerable quantity of the cash.

”Ministry of Well being has gotten the checklist of medical doctors who supposedly are to learn from the Medical Residency Coaching Fund,” stated Mr Ngige. ”Complete submission of about 8000 names have been received, and the Ministry of Well being is scrutinising them. We’ve finished the primary spherical of scrutinisation.”

He defined that the ministry “will now examine what they’ve with the Postgraduate Medical School and the chief medical administrators” who submitted the names.

“The (Nationwide) Affiliation of Resident Docs, in every of the tertiary centres, labored with the CMDs to supply these names, however now that the names are being verified,” Mr Ngige additional acknowledged. ”We found that about 2,000 names shouldn’t be there as a result of they don’t have what is named Postgraduate Reference Numbers of Nationwide Postgraduate Medical School and (or) that of the West African Postgraduate Medical School.”

He disclosed there was an ongoing verification to keep away from a repeat of undeserving medical doctors benefitting from the residency fund.

”In 2020, the submitted names didn’t come by way of the suitable supply, which is the Postgraduate Medical School, and fee was affected and it was found that about 588 individuals, who weren’t resident medical doctors benefited from such cash,” the labour minister added. ”They’re now discovering it troublesome to make the total refund. However they need to refund that cash. Some are refunding, however there isn’t any full consideration of the account.”

On the continued strike by resident medical doctors, Mr Ngige expressed the federal authorities’s readiness to withdraw its lawsuit if the medical doctors name off the commercial motion.

He, nevertheless, insisted that the federal government would implement the ‘no work, no pay’ coverage.

(NAN)

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