The federal government has disapproved of some doctors who flee the country after graduating from medical school without returning service to the country (Nigeria) trained “for free” at public expense.
Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige, who revealed this to his ministry’s 2022 budget defense at the House of Representatives on Wednesday in Abuja, then recommended linking doctors and other healthcare professionals so they can serve the country before leaving for any place.
“Medical education in Nigeria is almost free. Where else in the world is it free? The Presidential Health Committee is expected to come up with a proposal to tie doctors, nurses, medical laboratory scientists, and other health care workers, so they don’t just carry their bags and leave their country at will when they’ve been trained for free.
“In London, that’s £ 45,000 a session for cheap medical education in universities. If you go to Edinburgh or Oxford, you pay $ 80,000. If you go to the US you pay $ 45,000 but if you go to Ivy leagues, you pay $ 90,000 for tuition alone, not including housing. You do this for six years. Hence, people in America take loans.
“We can make arrangements for the loans and you pay back. If the government trains you for free, we should tie you up. Serve the country for nine years before you go anywhere, ”the minister said in a statement released by the deputy director, press and public relations of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Charles Akpan.
Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has granted a waiver for employment in the health, defense and paramilitary sectors to ensure that those who leave for greener pastures are replaced.
Ngige explained that the waiver was granted by the government despite the embargo on hiring in the public service.
The minister said that in order to address the continuing job crises in the county, the government will introduce mandatory training for newly elected union leaders at the National Institute of Labor Studies (NILS).
He said the proposed training will provide trade union leaders with knowledge of labor laws and International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions to curb ongoing industrial disputes in the country.
Ngige also revealed that his ministry has envisaged the establishment of emergency labor offices in the 36 states of the Federation to help nip some of these industrial crises in the bud.