The Federal Government has map out strategies to recover millions of naira wrongly paid to 588 medical doctors across the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, who announced this while answering questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, explained that the affected doctors wrongly benefited from Medical Residency Training Fund meant for particular category of doctors.

He added that the names of the doctors were uncovered after a thorough scrutiny of the 8,000 names submitted by Chief Medical Directors of Federal Government health institutions for the training programme.

The Minister however noted that a substantial amount of the money had been refunded by some of the affected doctors while efforts had been intensified to recover the remaining balance.

He also maintained that the delay in making the refund by the affected doctors was holding back the Residency Fund payment by the government.

Ngige, while commenting on the ongoing strike by Resident Doctors, expressed the readiness of the Government to withdraw the case it instituted against them, if they would go back to their duty post.

The Minister however, maintained that the ‘no work, no pay’ policy of the government would be observed because ”it is a global practice which is also captured in Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act under the International Labour Organization, ILO.

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