Reps to pass revised 2020 budget Wednesday

• As Gbajabiamila begs Resident Doctors to shelve nationwide strike

The leadership of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, assured Nigerians that the revised 2020 Appropriation bill will be passed tomorrow, Wednesday.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, disclosed this during a tripartite meeting with the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and leadership of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), over the planned nationwide strike.

The protesting doctors frowned at the failure of the Federal Ministry of Health to include the outstanding payment of hazard allowance, salaries, training allowances, among others in the revised 2020 budget which was submitted to the National Assembly for consideration penultimate week.

They also kicked against the non-payment of the newly approved National Minimum Wage pegged at N30,000 per month to doctors.

While urging the doctors to reconsider their position, the Speaker urged that all the outstanding payments would be captured in the supplementary budget which would be prepared by September 2020.

In his remarks, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, who applauded the intervention of the House leadership in the peaceful resolution of the crisis, urged relevant medical and health workers associations to interface with the Ministry in the national interest.

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