The Federal Government has announced that it is proposing to increase the retirement age for normal health workers and doctors to 65 years, and 70 years for consultants, in a bid to keep health workers in Nigeria.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed this in a meeting between the Presidential Committee on Salaries, relevant Federal Government stakeholders, Health Sector Professional Associations, and Trade Unions in Abuja.
“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,” Ngige said
The Minister added that health workers could be retained for a longer period, disclosing that federal government had called back retired health workers during the pandemic, and delayed retirement age by six months for health workers to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.