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Ministry Of Labour & Employment Proposes New Retirement Age For Health Workers


Retirement Age For Health Workers To Be Raised From 60-65 For Doctors, 70 For Health Workers, Consultants.

The Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige in a meeting held on Tuesday May 11 2021 in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, with the presidential committee on salaries (PSC), Association of Professionals in the health sector, Trade Unions and notable stakeholders proposed as a means of improving conditions of service of health workers in Nigeria, an increase in the age for retirement for persons in the health sector; 60-65 years for doctors and 70 years for health workers others.

Ngige in his remark during the meeting said,

“We have taken their proposal. The government side will firm up its own proposal and we are reconvening June 1, so that we can have an agreed hazard allowance for health workers in Nigeria.

“We also discussed the issue of retirement age for health workers, being that we want to keep our health workers here in Nigeria.

“A lot of people are coming here to poach and take away people we have trained at very great cost.

“It takes a lot of funds to train a medical doctor, nurse or even a laboratory technologist or physiotherapist. So, we want to retain them here.

“We are making progress. The health workers are happy and we, in the government side are happy also. We need them to keep our health system alive.

“Nobody in government is opposed to the proposal. It is a proposal that is realistic. It is a proposal that we all agreed to last year when COVID-19 erupted.

“Remember that we were even calling back people who are retired. We delayed retirement age by six months for health workers so that we can fight COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic is not yet over. Who knows what will happen tomorrow. We are not praying for any other pandemic but we have to be battle ready at all times, health-wise.”

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