COVID-19 frontline workers protest unpaid hazard allowance in Abuja


Coronavirus frontline workers have began a protest in Abuja, over the non-payment of their hazard allowances.

This is coming after the Federal Government on Friday, said it had released the sum of N4.5 billion to 31 Federal Teaching and Medical Centres across the country, to cover hazard and inducement allowances for the month of April and May.

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, “We have paid N9 billion as premium for Group Life Insurance to all our health workers and over N4.6 billion as Special Hazard Allowance to health workers as already acknowledged in at least 35 hospitals.

“In summary, a total of 55,031 health workers have been paid comprising of 23 COVID-19 designated Hospitals and Medical Centres and eight non-COVID-19 designated centres amounting to over N7.9 billion.”

But on Monday, officials of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team, including investigators and sample collectors alleged that their hazard allowances have not been paid for three months.



Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.

One thought on “COVID-19 frontline workers protest unpaid hazard allowance in Abuja

  1. AvatarDr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    To be sincere, president Muhammadu Buhari, failed woefully to provide palliative to needed front-line workers like Doctors,Nurses and other healthcare supporting workers, who risked their lives to perform needed care to COVID-19 pandemic patients, under coronavirus pandemic. Most average Nigerians, suffered during the required lock-down period while in other clime,citizens, were duly provided for by those countries, federal governments.


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