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.